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Trooper injured in crash

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Dec 18, 2012 at 9:39 AM

A state Highway Patrol trooper and another driver were injured in a crash Monday evening.

The Sandusky post of the state Highway Patrol is investigating the two-vehicle crash, which occurred at 7:41 p.m. on Salem Carroll Road at Toussaint South Road in Ottawa County's Carroll Township.

Troopers said Mark A. Swift, 63, of Oak Harbor, was driving a 2004 Dodge Caravan south on Toussaint South Road when he stopped at the stop sign on Salem Carroll Road and then pulled into the intersection in front of a westbound 2010 Ford Crown Victoria Patrol Car being driven by Trooper Carl L. Gutman, 42, who was on duty with the Sandusky Post. The patrol car then struck the left front side of Swift's vehicle, causing both vehicles to go off the north side of Salem Carroll Road, coming to rest in a ditch.

Gutman, who was wearing his seatbelt, received incapacitating injuries and was taken to Magruder Hospital by Carroll Township EMS, where he was treated and released.

Swift, who also was wearing his seat belt, received incapacitating injuries and was transported to St. Charles Hospital in Toledo by Carroll Township EMS.

Agencies assisting troopers at the scene included Carroll Township Police Department, Carroll Township Fire & EMS and Ottawa County Sheriff Department. 

Alcohol was not a factor in the crash, troopers said.

The crash report stated Swift failed to yield at the posted stop sign. The crash remains under investigation and charges are pending, troopers said.

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