One hurt in SR 18, CR 13 accident

People work at the scene of the first accident at SR 18 and CR 13 Tuesday afternoon.

A Bloomville woman was hurt in an accident at SR 18 and CR 18 Tuesday afternoon.

About an hour after the accident, a second accident occurred at the same intersection as rescue crews continued their work at the scene.

Trooper Mark Sorg of the Fremont post of State Highway Patrol said Chad E. Crispen, 34, of Fremont, was driving a 2017 Chevrolet Malibu south on CR 13, and Martha J. Smith, 72, of Bloomville, was driving a 2016 Lincoln MKC west on SR 18.

Crispen said he stopped, and he failed to yield at the stop sign, Sorg said.

The Chevrolet Malibu struck the Lincoln MKC, went off the left side of the road and struck a flag pole at the entrance to St. Mary Catholic Cemetery.

Sorg said Smith had what appeared to be non-life-threatening injuries and was taken by Tiffin Fire Rescue Division to Mercy Health – Tiffin Hospital.

Crispen was wearing a seatbelt, was not transported to a hospital and was cited with failure to yield from a stop sign, he said.

The accident was reported about 2 p.m., and the second accident was reported at 3:05 p.m.

Deputy Misty Wheeler of Seneca County Sheriff’s Office said Kyle Burgderfer, 19, of Republic, was driving a Mustang, and Meghan Miller, 17, of Republic, was driving a Ford Flex.

The Ford Flex was stopped, trying to turn north on CR 13, and the Mustang, which was west on SR 18, struck it in the rear, she said.

The drivers were wearing seatbelts and were not hurt, and Burgderfer was cited with assured clear distance ahead, Wheeler said.

“He said he sneezed,” she said.

Personnel from Tiffin Fire Rescue Division, Tiffin Police Department, Clinton Township Volunteer Fire Department, John’s Welding & Towing, D&D Total Repair and Seneca County Engineer’s Office assisted at the accidents.

Inguran LLC provided sawdust to assist with oil on the road from the first accident.

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