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.