COLUMBIA STATION — No one was seriously injured in a four-vehicle crash at state routes 252 and 82 on Wednesday night.
About 9 p.m., the Ohio Highway Patrol responded to a call for a rolled-over vehicle at the intersection. A 2018 Volkswagen, driven by John Duldner, 19, of Columbia Station, reportedly ran the red light while traveling west on state Route 82. He was struck by a 2011 Chrysler minivan that was heading south on Route 252. The minivan, driven by Elizabeth Tinter, 56, of Olmsted Falls, sustained serious damage to its front when it struck the Volkswagen.
According to Ohio Highway Patrol Sgt. Eugene Crum, two vehicles sitting at the light on Route 82 were damaged when Duldner’s vehicle flipped. Both vehicles were eastbound on Route 82.
“Both of them, based off their statements, with the amount of speed coming through — which it’s 45 (mph) through here — I think its probably safe to say … with that amount of energy, you can clearly tell they made contact there and then that’s the aftermath,” Crum said. “If you wouldn’t have had two cars there (at the red light) you would’ve just had more of a mess over that way (in the road).”
A 2015 GMC Terrain, driven by Rose Buckingham, 31, of Medina, sustained damage while waiting for the light to change. Her husband, Michael Buckingham, 32, also of Medina, was a passenger in her vehicle. A 2004 Ford Mustang, driven by Ralph Ferry, 39, of Columbia Station, was stopped behind the Terrain. It sustained damage when it was hit by the Volkswagen as it flipped.
There were some minor injuries treated on scene. Crum credited the lack of serious injures to the vehicle occupant’s safety measures.
“Safety belts helped — safety belts and air bags,” he said.
Duldner will be cited with a red light violation following the crash, according to Crum.
“I haven’t seen a really (bad) crash here in a while,” Crum said. “ODOT has all these lights put up very well.”
Ohio Highway Patrol and Columbia Township Fire Department responded to the call.