BLUFFTON — Five people, including four from Bluffton, were injured in a two-vehicle crash Sunday on Lincoln Highway near Beaverdam, the State Highway Patrol’s Lima post reported.
At about 12:12 p.m., a 2008 Toyota Sienna driven by Joel K. Steinmetz, 42, of Bluffton, was 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 Bentley Road 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 said she remains there in stable condition.
Two children who were passengers in the Steinmetz vehicle, 8 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 were listed in critical but stable condition on Monday.
Nystrom, who troopers said is suspected of driving while under the influence of alcohol, was taken to Lima Memorial Hospital by Lafayette-Jackson EMS, where she was treated for minor injuries.
The crash remains under investigation and charges are pending, the patrol said.
Assisting at the accident scene were Beaverdam-Richland Fire and EMS, Lafayette-Jackson EMS, Bluffton EMS, Blake’s Towing and Able Towing.