Kayla Warrer, 24, of Sandusky, allegedly failed to stop at a stop sign while traveling east on Zenobia Road at about 3:14 p.m., during heavy snowfall, according to a news release.
Matthew Born, 22, of Collins; Michael Shepperd, 31, of New London; and Brett Ziemke, 25, of Norwalk, were passengers in Warrer’s Nissan Altima.
Warrer’s car struck a southbound semitrailer on its right side and skidded off the road into a field, where it and the semi caught fire. During the impact, the semi leaked diesel fuel, igniting the blaze, which a witness with a fire extinguisher quickly snuffed.
Douglas Kreider, 36, of Seville, was driving the semi and was not injured, according to the release. He was wearing a seat belt during the crash.
Warrer was also wearing a seat belt during the crash, but her three passengers were not, according to the release.
Emergency Medical Services personnel transported the four injured individuals to Fisher-Titus Medical Center. A medical helicopter transported Warrer, Born and Shepperd to Mercy St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Toledo and Ziemke to University of Toledo Medical Center.
The Norwalk Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is still investigating the crash, and it’s unknown if alcohol was a factor.
Troopers believe snowy weather may have contributed to the crash.
The Wakeman Fire Department, North Central EMS, Citizens Ambulance Service, Firelands EMS and Dendinger’s Towing assisted troopers at the scene, according to the release. The Huron County Emergency Management Agency responded to the scene to clean up the fuel spill.