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Four people suffer serious injuries in car-truck collision

Joe Centers • Mar 26, 2014 at 9:22 AM

Four people were seriously injured in a two-vehicle crash late Tuesday afternoon at the intersection of Fitchville River and Zenobia roads.

(NOTE - To see pictures of the accident, click HERE.)

A Nissan Altima, with four occupants, was eastbound on Zebobia Road approaching the stop sign at Fitchville River Road. The Altima failed to stop and entered the intersection, where it collided with the side of a southbound 1997 Kenworth semi, said troopers with the state Highway Patrol. The Altima came to rest on Fitchville River Road, south of the intersection.

Both vehicles caught fire after the impact. The fires immediately were extinguished by a witness at the scene with a fire extinguisher.

While the driver of the truck, Douglas E. Kreider, 36, of Seville, was not injured, all four passengers in the car were taken from the scene by ambulance.

Kreider was wearing his seat belt.

The four injured were:

Kayla M. Warrer, 24, of Sandusky, the driver of the car. She was removed from the car by Wakeman firefighters using the Jaws of Life. She was taken to Fisher-Titus Medical Center and later transported to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo. She was wearing her safety belt.

Michael C. Shepperd, 31, of New London, was taken to FTMC and later transported to St. Vincent. He was in the front passenger seat and was not wearing his seat belt.

Brett T. Ziemke, 25, of Norwalk, was taken to FTMC and later transported to the University of Toledo Medical Center. He was in the right rear seat and was not wearing a seatbelt.

Matthew R. Born, 22, of Collins, was taken to FTMC and later transported to St. Vincent. He was not wearing a seat belt.

It was snowing at the time and weather conditions may have contributed to the crash, troopers said. It is not known if alcohol was a factor.


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