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February 27, 2008

Two injured Tuesday in Fulton County crash

AKRON — Indiana State Police responded Tuesday to a two-vehicle crash on Ind. 14 west of 925E that injured two people.

Police said Tommy D. Burkett Jr., 42, Warsaw, was driving a 2002 Dodge Dakota pickup truck westbound on Ind. 14 when the truck crossed the center line and struck an eastbound 1992 GMC minivan driven by Merlinda S. Balmer, 50, Roann, in the driver’s side door. The impact caused the minivan to slide off the south side of the road. The truck came to rest in the eastbound lane of the highway, which was snow covered at the time of the crash.

Burkett suffered head and internal injuries. Balmer had suspected broken bones in her leg and back. She also suffered internal injuries. Both drivers were taken to Woodlawn Hospital in Rochester then onto Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne, where Balmer was listed in critical condition this morning.

A condition report for Burkett was not available, according to a hospital spokesperson.

Burkett was issued a citation for not wearing his seat belt and for speed too fast for the road conditions.

Balmer was wearing her seat belt, which reportedly helped reduce the severity of her injuries.

Master Trooper Randy Shaver was assisted at the crash scene by the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department, Fulton County EMS and Henry Township Fire Department.

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