|Injury crash stops traffic on US24|
|Monday, May 19, 2014 4:10 PM|
EMERALD TOWNSHIP – The Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Van Wert Post is investigating a serious injury crash that occurred at 8:45 p.m. Sunday evening, May 18 on U.S. 24 at County Road 143 intersection in northeast Paulding County.
According to troopers, a 2000 Chevrolet S-10 pickup, driven by Courtney M. Schaffer, 19, of Hicksville, was traveling southbound on Road 143. A 2005 Dodge Ram pickup, driven by David W. Ashenfelter, 45, of Flora, Ind., was traveling eastbound on U.S. 24. The Chevrolet failed to yield at the stop sign and drove into the path of the Dodge.
Both vehicles were heavily damaged and came to rest in the ditch on the south side of U.S. 24.
Schaffer was taken by Samaritan to Parkview Regional Hospital in Fort Wayne.
Ashenfelter was extracted by mechanical means. He and a passenger, Michelle R. Soupley, 44, of Flora, Ind., were both taken by Paulding EMS to Defiance Regional Hospital.
Both lanes of U.S. 24 were shut down for a short time to land the helicopter. The eastbound lane was shut down for more than an hour for the investigation.
The crash remains under investigation. Alcohol is not believed to be a factor. Seatbelts were in use at the time of the crash.
Troopers were assisted on scene by the Paulding Fire Department and EMS, Paulding County Sheriff’s Office, Samaritan, John’s Towing, and Integrity Auto Body Wrecker Service.