PLEASANT TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WFFT) – Three people are seriously injured after a pickup truck crashed into a semi traveling on a highway in Van Wert County late Thursday morning.
Just before 10:45 a.m. Thursday, troopers with the Ohio State Highway Patrol were called to the intersection of U.S. Highway 224 and Lincoln Highway in Pleasant Township regarding a collision.
Investigators said 50-year-old Donald L. Martin Jr. of Ohio City was driving a 1996 Ford F-150 pickup truck westbound on Lincoln Highway.
They said Martin failed to stop at the stop sign as he turned onto U.S. 224, which led to him crashing into 35-year-old Allen L. Shimp of Huntington, Indiana who was driving a 2013 Volvo semi-tractor trailer outfit northbound on the highway.
After colliding into the semi, OSHP said Martin’s truck spun into the side of the semi and then went off the right side of the road.
Martin was flown to a Fort Wayne hospital in critical condition.
The two passengers in Martin’s pickup were also injured.
Both 20-year-old Austin D. Heberling, of Fremont, Ohio, and 31-year-old Frank “Scottie” Morgan, of Minster, Ohio, were also flown to a Fort Wayne hospital for treatment of their serious injuries.
Shimp was not injured in the crash, according to police.
Troopers said the intersection at U.S. 224 and Lincoln Highway was closed for approximately two hours while investigating the crash.
The crash remains under investigation by authorities in Van Wert County.
This is the second highway crash in the span of two days in the county involving a vehicle crashing into a semi causing injuries.