An ambulance owned by Lifestar Ambulance, Inc. was one of three vehicles involved in a three-car accident Monday evening at the intersection of Ohio 598 and County Road 330. The Crawford County Sheriff’s Office received the call at 6:47 p.m.
Anthony Vizyak, 64, of Monroeville, was traveling south on Ohio 598 in a 2006 Buick Lucerne and failed to stop at the intersection. His vehicle collided with the eastbound ambulance, a 1997 Ford E350, driven by Chad Fortner, 34, of Bloomville. The ambulance was not carrying patients at the time, nor was it operating in emergency status.
After the initial collision, Vizyak’s vehicle continued south and collided with a 2006 Chevrolet Impala driven by Bruce D. Johnson, 68, of Plymouth. The Johnson car was stopped on Ohio 598 at the stop sign facing north. Vizyak’s car rolled onto the driver’s side and came to rest in the roadway south of the intersection. The Johnson vehicle was partially pushed off the west side of the highway. The ambulance driven by Fortner continued east after the initial collision and stopped in a yard on the south side of County Road 330.
Fortner and another passenger in the ambulance, 46-year-old Norman G. Pitt of Bucyrus, were transported to Bucyrus Community Hospital by Lifestar Ambulance. Bruce Johnson and his passenger, 59-year-old Erma Johnson, were taken to Galion Community Hospital by Lifestar Ambulance. Vizyak was taken to UTC Toledo by St. Vincent Lifeflight which landed at the scene of the accident.
The Jefferson Township Fire Department, Ronk’s Towing and Carl Massey’s Towing were also on the scene of the crash which remains under investigation.