Five people, including four from Bluffton, were injured in a two-vehicle crash Sunday on Lincoln Highway near Beaverdam, according to the State Highway Patrol’s Lima Post.
At about 12:12 p.m., a 2008 Toyota Sienna, driven by Joel K. Steinmetz, 42, of Bluffton, was traveling eastbound on Lincoln Highway near Bentley Road. At the same time, a 2013 Honda Accord, driven by Monica L. Nystrom, 44, of Bellaire, Michigan, was eastbound on Lincoln Highway and traveling behind Steinmetz.
Nystrom attempted to pass within the intersection and struck Steinmetz’s vehicle as he attempted to turn. After the collision, the Sienna went off the road and came to rest in a field.
Joel Steinmetz sustained minor injuries and was treated and released at the scene, the patrol said. A front seat passenger, Teri L. Steinmetz, 40, was ejected from the vehicle; she was transported by Beaverdam-Richland EMS to Mercy Health St. Rita’s, Lima, with non-life threatening injuries. The patrol says she remains there in stable condition.
Two children who were passengers in the Toyota, ages 8 years and 10 years old, were transported by Bluffton EMS to Mercy Health St. Rita’s with non-life threatening injuries, the patrol said. Both children were later transferred to Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, where they remain in critical, but stable condition.
Nystrom, who troopers said is suspected of driving while under the influence of alcohol, was transported to Lima Memorial Hospital by Lafayette-Jackson EMS, where she was treated for minor injuries. Safety belt usage remains unknown for some of the occupants.
The crash remains under investigation and charges are pending, the patrol said.
Assisting at the scene were Beaverdam-Richland Fire and EMS, Lafayette-Jackson EMS, Bluffton EMS, Blake”s Towing and Able Towing.