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Monday, July 14, 2014 5:48 PM

OAKWOOD – Three people were injured in a two-vehicle crash Sunday evening, July 13 on Ohio 613 between Oakwood and Melrose.

According to troopers from the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Van Wert Post, the incident occurred at 7:20 p.m.

A 1996 Ford Mustang, driven by Christina R. Kroeckel, 34, of Paulding, was traveling eastbound on Ohio 613. A 2006 Ford Fusion, driven by Kebecca J. Thomas, 47, of Oakwood, was traveling westbound. The Mustang went off the right side of the roadway, overcorrected, came back onto the roadway, and crossed the center line into the path of the Fusion.

Thomas was extracted from her vehicle by mechanical means. She was taken by Samaritan to Parkview Regional Hospital in Fort Wayne.

Kroeckel was taken by Oakwood EMS to Paulding County Hospital and then on to Parkview Regional Hospital.

Thomas’ passenger, Courtney J. Thomas, 15, of Oakwood, was taken to Defiance Regional Hospital by Oakwood EMS.

Both vehicles were heavily damaged. The Mustang came to rest in the center of the roadway and the Fusion came to rest in the ditch on the north side of Ohio 613.

Both lanes of 613 were shut down for two hours.

Troopers were assisted on scene by the Oakwood Fire Department and EMS, Paulding County Sheriff’s Office, Samaritan, R&O Towing, and Gideon’s Wrecker Service.

The crash remains under investigation. Alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the crash.

Seatbelts were in use by the occupants of the Fusion at the time of the crash. A seatbelt was not in use by the driver of the Mustang at the time of the crash. Seatbelt use may have reduced injuries.