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Two Paulding County residents were injured Thursday evening in a motorcycle crash southwest of Defiance.

Seriously injured were Shawn Theis, 41, Cecil, and his passenger, Thelma Bowers, 38, Paulding. They were taken by the Defiance Fire Department to ProMedica Defiance Regional Hospital before being flown by air ambulance to a Toledo area hospital. Condition updates were unavailable.

According to the Defiance post of the Ohio Highway Patrol, at 10:43 p.m., Theis was southbound on Canal Road and left the roadway on the south side of Powers Road.

Troopers reported that Theis and Bowers were ejected from the motorcycle. Neither was reportedly wearing a helmet. Law enforcement reported that alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash.

Assisting at the scene were the Defiance County Sheriff’s Office and Defiance Police Department.

Damage was heavy to the motorcycle.

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