Three people were killed and two hospitalized in a three-vehicle crash Friday evening on Ohio 117 near Indian Lake, about 10 miles north of Bellefontaine.
“Upon arriving, there were three deceased victims and two injured,” Logan County Sheriff’s Lt. Ryan Furlong said. “What we believe happened is a 2013 Dodge Caravan was southbound on state Route 117, went left of center and struck a 2007 Toyota Tundra. Once that occurred, a third vehicle, a 2006 Acura TL then struck the side of the Toyota truck.”
The man driving the Toyota pickup truck, 41-year-old Clayton Stump of Lakeview, was killed instantly, Furlong said. So were the pair in the white minivan – driver Erik Snyder, 19, and passenger Kelly Snyder, 50, both of London, Ohio.
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Debra Terpstra of Kalamazoo, Mich., was on her way to the Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus and said she had been traveling behind the white minivan for several miles.
“They were drifting towards the center line so I kinda kept my distance, and just this last time they drifted across and just totally into oncoming traffic,” she said.
Terpstra said she had to react immediately.
“I was just trying to figure out if I could go around them, and I just veered off into the ditch, into the cornfield,” she said.
Her car did sustain some damage, but after witnessing the crash that claimed three lives, Terpstra said: “I’m just happy to be alive.”
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The man driving the Acura, Corey Cummins, 28, of Bellefontaine, was flown to MercyHealth St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima, where he was stable Saturday, according to the sheriff’s office. His passenger, Timothy Allen, 33, of Bellefontaine, was taken by ambulance to Mary Rutan Hospital in Bellefontaine then referred to OSU Wexner Medical Center in Columbus.
Furlong said Ohio 117 sees a lot of traffic, particularly during rush hour from those who commute to and from Lima for work. The crash around 6 p.m. near County Road 96 just north of Huntsville shut down the roadway between Ohio 274 and 235 for more than four hours.
The crash was still under investigation Saturday, according to the Sheriff’s Office.