U.S. 224 crash injures 3

A two-van collision on U.S. 224 at the Hancock-Putnam County line sent three Putnam County residents to the hospital Saturday afternoon, the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reported.

One of the drivers, Marissa Schimmoeller, 24, of Columbus Grove, was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital by Hanco Ambulance after the 1 p.m. crash, the sheriff’s office said. Another driver, Diane Fuerst, 58, and her passenger, Debra Inkrott, 59, both of Ottawa, were taken by private vehicle to St. Rita’s Care Center in Ottawa, the sheriff’s office said.

The sheriff’s office said Schimmoeller was northbound on Hancock County 16 in a 2005 Chevy Venture van when she stopped for the stop sign at the U.S. 224 intersection. She began to cross U.S. 224 and did not see Fuerst, who was driving west on U.S. 224 in a Chrysler minivan.

Schimmoeller hit the driver’s side of Fuerst’s minivan, sending it into a ditch.

Schimmoeller was cited for failure to yield at a stop sign, the sheriff’s office said.

Both vans were heavily damaged and were towed.

Blanchard Township and McComb fire departments, the Blanchard Fire Department from Putnam County, Dick’s Towing and The Shop Towing all assisted at the accident scene.



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