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COLUMBIA CITY â€” The condition of a Leesburg man injured in a Friday afternoon crash at Lincolnway and U.S. 30 remains a mystery.
Police say Matthew L. Vermillion, 44, disregarded a traffic signal which caused a two-car collision at about 2:15 p.m. Friday.
As a result of the crash, Vermillion was ejected onto the pavement of U.S. 30 in sub-freezing temperatures and was later transported to Fort Wayne by Samaritan, a Parkview Hospital-based rescue helicopter.
Parkview Hospital did not have Vermillion listed in its patient information data base.
Vermillionâ€™s van collided with another van driven by Dex. M. Nunez, 44, of Fort Wayne.
According to the police report, Nunez was restrained and uninjured.
Vermillion was not wearing a seat belt.
The police report said Vermillion was southbound on Lincolnway and failed to stop at the light, which was red. Vermillionâ€™s vehicle hit the Nunez vehicle broadside.
As a result of the collision, newspapers from one of the vehicles littered the intersection.
Police and firefighters closed the westbound lanes of U.S. 30 west of Lincolnway and re-routed traffic northwest on Lincolnway. The unoccupied stretch of highway just west of the intersection served as a makeshift landing zone for the rescue helicopter.
Westbound traffic was rerouted onto Lincolnway West while emergency personnel worked to clean up the scene.
Vermillion was cited for disregarding a traffic light.