2 hurt in 4-vehicle crash in Perry Township

PERRY TOWNSHIP — Four vehicles were involved in a crash Tuesday, sending two people to the hospital.

At 8:34 a.m. Tuesday on Interstate 75, just north of state Route 65, a tractor-trailer was stopped in the southbound lane of traffic when two cars also came to a stop behind one another, behind the tractor-trailer.

A fourth vehicle, another tractor-trailer, failed to stop, and struck the cars in front of it.

The car in front of the at-fault tractor-trailer, a Chrysler 200 driven by Brad Bonner, was pinned under the tractor-trailer. Bonner was extracted from his vehicle, said Rick Phillips, Perry Township Fire Chief. The vehicle sustained heavy damage.

The second car involved, a Chevrolet Malibu driven by Rita Easter, 59, was struck and deflected into the northbound lane and did not sustain much damage.

Both Easter and Bonner were taken to Lima Memorial Health System with non-life threatening injuries, said Lt. Matt Treglia with the Allen County Sheriff’s Office.

The driver of the at-fault vehicle, Sean Mullet, 38, of Van Wert, was cited for failure to stop at a reasonable distance. His tractor-trailer sustained front-end damage.

The accident blocked traffic for about an hour and a half.

The first tractor-trailer sustained damage to the trailer-portion of the vehicle.

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