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Van Wert accident leaves one dead, four critically injured

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A two-car accident along State Route 81 has left one woman dead and four others critically injured, including two children. A two-car accident along State Route 81 has left one woman dead and four others critically injured, including two children.

A two-car accident along State Route 81 has left one woman dead and four others critically injured, including two children.

According to Van Wert County Sheriff Riggenbach, it all happened around noon between Willshire Eastern Road and State Route 49. 

67-year-old Michael Schlenker of Wapakoneta, was driving a 2009 Volkswagen that collided head-on with a 2012 Honda driven by 32-year-old Stephanie Wysong of Willshire. 

Police say both cars were badly damaged. 

A passenger in the Volkswagen, 57-year-old Joyce Schlenker of Wapakoneta, was hurt and died from her injuries at the scene. Michael Schlenker was airlifted to a Fort Wayne hospital in critical condition.

Wysong and two children ages 12 and 7 transported to a Fort Wayne hospital. All are listed in critical condition.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation. Law enforcement say everyone was wearing seat belts and alcohol is not believed to be a factor. 

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