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Four sent to hospitals after traffic accident

By Norwalk Reflector staff • Updated Mar 1, 2019 at 3:01 PM

Four people were injured Friday after two vehicles collided in Huron County’s Townsend Township.

The crash occurred at 8:16 a.m. at the intersection of U.S. 20 and Hartland Center Road, said troopers with the Norwalk post of the state Highway Patrol.

Heather D. Long, 41, of Brunswick, was driving a 2004 Hyundai Sonata south on Hartland Center Road when she failed to stop at the posted stop sign at U.S. 20 and entered the path of an eastbound 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt, resulting in a collision, troopers said.

Long’s vehicle went off the southeast corner of the intersection and struck a utility pole and stop sign, troopers said. Both vehicles came to rest in the parking lot of the C Stop.

Long, who was not wearing her seat belt, was partially ejected through the windshield and received incapacitating injuries, troopers said. She was transported by North Central EMS to Fisher Titus Medical Center.

The Chevrolet driver, Reinaldo P. Garcia, 61, of Willard, had been wearing his seat belt. He, too, sustained incapacitating injuries and was transported by North Central EMS to Fisher-Titus.

Garcia had two passengers in his vehicle, both of whom also were injured, troopers said.

Celia P. Ricardo, 60, of Willard, was the front seat passenger. She was wearing her seat belt and sustained incapacitating injuries. She was flown from the scene by Life Flight to Cleveland MetroHealth Medical Center

Ania Mendez Pena, 29, of Willard, was the back right seat passenger. She was wearing her seat belt and sustained non-incapacitating injuries. She was transported from the scene by Citizens EMS to Fisher-Titus.

The Chevrolet was towed from the scene by Norb’s Towing and the Hyundai was towed from the scene by Fitzgerald’s Towing, troopers said.

Agencies assisting troopers at the scene included the Huron County Sherriff’s Office, Life Flight, Citizens EMS, North Central EMS, Norb’s Towing, Fitzgerald’s Towing and ODOT.

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