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UPDATED: Fatal crash in Perkins Township

Courtney Astolfi • Aug 15, 2014 at 8:53 AM


A Perkins Township woman died Thursday evening after her vehicle was broad-sided on Old Railroad Road.

Erie County coroner Brian Baxter declared Delores Weichel, 93, of Wade Boulevard, dead at the crash scene.

Weichel was driving west down Strub Road when she came to a stop at the intersection on Old Railroad Road around 5:30 p.m., according to Perkins police Lt. Ed Hastings.

Weichel then began to turn left, but Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers said she failed to yield the right of way to a northbound Chrysler Town and Country minivan.

The van t-boned Weichel's Chevrolet Impala, sending it off the side off the road, Hastings said.

Both vehicles sustained heavy damage and were later towed.

The Impala was so mangled, it had to be sliced open to reach Weichel, officials said.

Baxter arrived at the scene shortly after Perkins police, troopers and an Erie County deputy and

Weichel was transported from the scene by a Toft Funeral Home vehicle.

Shannon Bramel, of Castalia, was driving the minivan at the time of the crash, with her two young children in the backseat.

Bramel and the kids were rushed to Firelands Regional Medical Center, but only sustained minor injuries and are expected to make a full recovery, troopers said.

All involved were wearing their seat belts.

UPDATE 7 p.m.

Delores Weichel, 93, of Wade Boulevard was pronounced dead at the scene, Baxter said. 

Hastings said Weichel failed to yield the right of way. She was turning right onto Old Railroad Road from Strub Road, when a northbound minivan broad-sided her car, Hastings said. 

Officers notified Weichel's family shortly after the crash. 


One Perkins Twp. woman is dead in a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Strub and Old Railroad roads in Perkins Township, according to Perkins police Lt. Ed Hastings.

Coroner Brian Baxter is at the scene of the crash as it is being investigated.

Please avoid the area as traffic is being diverted. Old Railroad Road is closed between Perkins Avenue and Bogart Road.

Check back here for updates and pick up Friday's Sandusky Register for more information

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