Two injured in crash

A Castalia man and Marblehead woman were seriously injured Tuesday evening after a semi trailer slammed into their Pontiac Sunfire at U.S. 6 and Wahl Road, according to troopers with the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
Courtney Astolfi
Nov 27, 2013


Corey Hamilton, 27, and Kristin Wurtz, 31, were flown by medical helicopter to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center following the crash, troopers said.

Hamilton, the Pontiac’s driver, began to turn left at a Wahl Road stop sign when at about 6:20 p.m., he allegedly pulled into the path of an oncoming, westbound semi trailer on U.S. 6, troopers said.

Ron Link and his son, Triston, were behind the Sunfire and watched the crash unfold.

“I saw him pause at the sign, then he pulled right in front of the semi,” Link said, “He didn’t stop all the way.”

The truck’s cab collided with the front driver’s side of Hamilton’s car, causing the Sunfire to spin in the road, and the truck to veer off the south side of the pavement.

Wurtz, who was riding in the front passenger seat, was immediately loaded into an ambulance and taken to Firelands Regional Medical Center following the collision. Troopers suspected she was not wearing a seatbelt.

As for Hamilton, it took rescue crews almost 30 minutes to cut him out of the mangled vehicle. He was conscious but sustained serious injuries and was also taken to Firelands Regional Medical Center for treatment.

Both he and Wurtz were later transferred to the Toledo hospital, troopers said.

The truck driver — Samuel Spade, 27, of Galion, Ohio— escaped uninjured.

Troopers did not know if alcohol or drugs were involved as of late Tuesday night.

Erie County deputies and Margaretta Township firefighters assisted troopers at the scene.


Peninsula Pundit

I'd bet drugs nor alcohol was a factor.
You have to stop at a stop sign.
How many of us have been pulled in front of by someone who, if they'd just came to a full stop, would've realized oncoming traffic is closer than they think?
Then to top it off, they go slow once they do pull out in front of you and you see them looking in the rear-view mirror to see your reaction.
This accident merely helped cull the herd of idiot drivers.
Too bad for the helpless passenger.


I know for a fact that drugs or alcohol were not a factor. In fact the driver did stop at the stop sign before attempting to make a left turn. The driver of the semi truck should have slowed down for the curve in the road and stayed in his own lane. If you go to the scene of the accident (as I know a couple of people have), it is clear that the semi truck was clearly over the yellow line.


not sure about your theory but I'm sure we'll find out.

Sal Dali

The driver may have experienced mechanical problems. I'm pretty sure I saw the same vehicle parked off to the side of Wahl Road about 30 minutes prior to the accident. It was there for at least an hour or so. BTW...anyone who has been there knows it can be a challenging place to pull out from, I travel it frequently. My thoughts and prayers go out to both the driver and passenger.

he said she said

I know both of them. I saw them in the hospital; one I had a conversation with, the other was a one sided conversation.

I wasn't there when the accident happened so I can't say what did or didn't happen, but I know what injuries I saw on both of them. I will wait until the accident report is made available before I pass my wisdom on.

Since there are those that are throwing their wisdom out there, when you saw the accident, did you talk to police too or did you just keep quiet? Did any of you think that maybe, just maybe, the truck driver went left of center to try and avoid the accident? Of course not.

Oh and before I get off my soapbox, the Rag had it switched around, Corey was the first out and it took them 30 mins to get Kris out of the car.


RE: he said she said
I have to admit to having some curiosity as to who you are and how you were able to have a one sided conversation with Kris. I too have spoken to Corey at length while he was in the hospital. What I am really curios about is how you had a one sided conversation with Kris. I wonder this as her visitors were limited to family and close friends by her my choice. I have kept up with Corey's recovery and speak to him regularly, and of course as Kris' Mother I also know how she is and where she is at this time. If you have information that I don't have I would appreciate it if you would share it with me. Personally I believe if the semi had stayed in it's own lane, it could have slowed itself down and gone onto Wahl Road itself and had a better chance of avoiding an accident. Kris may never fully recover from her injuries, so as I said before I'd like to know who you are to see her in the hospital when her visitors were limited by me.