Semi driver cited in 4-vehicle injury crash

Cary Ashby • Aug 14, 2014 at 5:07 PM

A commercial truck driver has been cited in connection with a four-vehicle crash which sent two people to the hospital.

Michael W. Meeks, 56, of Oregon, Ohio, was charged with failure to maintain assured clear distance. The citation is in connection with a Bronson Township crash that happened at 1:20 p.m. Monday on U.S. 250 south of Herford Drive near a construction site by Ken Myers Construction.

(NOTE: To see pictures of the crash, click HERE.)

Meeks was northwest on U.S. 250 while three other drivers were stopped for traffic in the northbound lane. The tractor-trailer driver first hit the compact car driven by Kimberly S. Miller, 40, of 2787 Ohio 162, New London, according to the investigation by Trooper Sarah Frey, of the state Highway Patrol.

Miller's car went into the southbound lane before stopping in a nearby cornfield.

Meeks then hit the mid-size car driven by Donna M. Fulton, 36, of 87 S. Main St., New London, the trooper said. Fulton's car crossed the southbound lane before stopping in a ditch.

Next, Meeks hit the mid-size car driven by Elizabeth A. Stumpf, 22, of 118 W. Main St., New London, whose vehicle stopped in the northbound lane after the collision, Frey said.

The semi driven by Meeks went off the right side of U.S. 250 and stopped in a ditch.

Frey earlier told the Reflector that Meeks hit the vehicle in front of him, which caused a "domino effect." According to information released by the patrol Wednesday, drugs and alcohol aren't suspected of being factors.

North Central EMS transported Miller and her passenger, Jesse A. Miller, 14, also of 2787 Ohio 162, New London, to Fisher-Titus Medical Center with serious and minor injuries respectively, according to the patrol. Frey had said the victims' injuries weren't life-threatening. A Fisher-Titus spokeswoman said Wednesday nobody with those names were listed as patients.

Each vehicle sustained disabling damage and was towed from the scene by Wilcox, Fitzgerald and Norbs wreckers. The Norwalk Fire Department, Huron County Sheriff's Office and North Central EMS assisted troopers at the scene.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Staff writer Aaron Krause contributed to this story.

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