PITTSBURG — No one was injured when a two-car wreck ended up with one of the vehicles in the path of a semi tractor-trailer Monday morning.
According to a release from the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department, at about 8:40 a.m., Monday CCSO was notified about an wreck a quarter-mile west of the U.S. Highway 69 and U.S. Highway 400 intersection.
According to the release, Wesley Merritt, of Havana, was traveling east on U.S. 400 in a 1996 Buick Park Avenue. Merritt began slowing down for the upcoming intersection.
He was being followed by Ashley Crisler, of Towanda, driving a 2000 Honda Civic.
Crisler allegedly failed to slow down and stuck the rear end of Merritt’s vehicle. Crisler’s vehicle then entered the westbound lane, striking the rear wheels of the semi tractor. Crisler’s vehicle was torn in half, and the engine was thrown into a ditch, according to the sheriff’s department.
The semi was driven by Charles McCaleb,of Bunker Hill, Illinois.
Crisler was transported to Via Christi Hospital with very minor injuries. She was treated and released. McCaleb and Merritt were uninjured.
The incident closed U.S. 400 for approximately 30 minutes.
Baker Township Fire Department and the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department also responded to the wreck.
The wreck is currently under investigation by the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department.
— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.