Woman injured in crash

A Tiffin woman was seriously injured after a two-vehicle accident this morning at the intersection of West Perry and Nelson streets.

Lt. Mark Marquis of the Tiffin Police Department said Judith Kapelka, 49, of Tiffin, had been operating a 2001 Dodge minivan on Nelson Street when she ran a stop sign and entered into the intersection in front of a 2004 Honda minivan driven by Tracey Sherman, 36, of Tiffin, just before 8:30 a.m.

The minivans collided, sending Kapelka’s van into a telephone pole. Kapelka, who police believe was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, had to be removed from her van by mechanical means, Marquis said.

Both Kapelka and Sherman were transported by Tiffin EMS to Mercy Tiffin Hospital where Kapelka was then taken by ground ambulance to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center, Marquis said.

According to Tiffin police reports, Life Flight had been put on standby, but was unable to transport Kapelka.

Marquis said Kapelka’s injuries didn’t appear to be life-threatening. A spokeswoman from St. Vincent’s said Monday evening a condition was not available for Kapelka.

Sherman, who was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, was treated and released from Mercy Tiffin Hospital, he said.

Marquis said the accident remains under investigation and citations are pending.