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 Ashley Anne <I>Gardner</I> Messmann

Ashley Anne Gardner Messmann

Defiance, Defiance County, Ohio, USA
Death 5 Feb 2013 (aged 28)
Cecil, Paulding County, Ohio, USA
Burial Paulding, Paulding County, Ohio, USA
Memorial ID 104698998 · View Source
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ASHLEY ANNE MESSMANN, 28, died Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013, from injuries sustained in an auto accident. She is survived by her husband, Harrison "Harry"; her parents, Bob and Pam Gardner; son, Asher Messmann; sister, Sara Elizabeth Gardner; brother, Kyle Robert Gardner; grandparents, Lawerence and Beverly Gross and Dwain and Nola Gardner. Funeral service is 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013 at Paulding Church of the Nazarene with visitation one hour prior. Visitation also from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations made to her son, Asher. Online condolences at
Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on February 8, 2013

Thick fog contributed to a 14-vehicle pileup on U.S. 24 that killed a woman and caused an ethanol spill Tuesday morning in Paulding County, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Ashley A. Messmann was driving a 2000 Chevy Blazer north on County Road 87, and she tried to cross U.S. 24 but did not yield to an eastbound semi, the patrol said.

The semi, driven by Dale D. Janssens, 41, of Monroe, Mich., struck the Blazer, and Messmann, 28, of Paulding, Ohio, died at the scene, the patrol said.

"We believe (the initial collision) was due to the dense fog in the area at the time, and then a pileup ensued after that," Trooper Deb Tracey said.

Visibility was less than 100 feet when the crash – which is under investigation – happened just before 8 a.m., the patrol said. The road was dry.

Vehicles in the eastbound and westbound lanes tried to avoid the first crash, and this led to seven more crashes. A total of 11 semis, two passenger vehicles and a pickup truck hauling excavating equipment were involved.

Nine motorists were taken to hospitals with injuries that were not life-threatening, the patrol said. Their names and conditions were not released.

The semi that hit the Blazer was hauling a tanker that contained liquid ethanol. The crash ruptured the tanker and about 1,500 gallons of liquid ethanol, a flammable substance, spilled into the median, the patrol said.

Lt. Leslie Brode, commander of the patrol's Van Wert post, said the spill was contained by firefighters and that it "poses no threat to the local area or to any of the people that are living close."

The crash occurred about 10 miles east of the Indiana-Ohio line. For much of Tuesday, U.S. 24 was shut down from Indiana 101 in Allen County to U.S. 127 in Paulding County, authorities said.

U.S. 24 remained closed overnight while environmental officials dealt with the spill.

The highway was expected to open by 10 a.m. Wednesday, according to the Van Wert post, which was contacted this morning for an update.

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CECIL, Ohio — A Tuesday-morning pileup of 10 tractor-trailers on a foggy highway in northwest Ohio near the Indiana border left one person dead and 10 injured.

Visibility was about 100 feet when a pickup truck drove onto the highway at an intersection and was hit by a semi on U.S. 24, setting off the chain-reaction, the State Highway Patrol said.

Investigators say the pickup driver, who was killed in the crash, apparently failed to yield at the intersection. His name was not immediately released.

None of the 10 hurt suffered life-threatening injuries, the patrol said.

Crumpled trucks littered the road and a tanker carrying ethanol spilled about half of its load along the highway, which links Toledo with Fort Wayne. Emergency crews and workers from the Environmental Protection Agency were able to contain the spill.

The accident happened in a rural area of Paulding County, about 60 miles southwest of Toledo. A handful of smaller vehicles also were caught up in the accident.

One driver who was not injured said he could see fine until he "drove into a wall of fog."

David Higgins told The Crescent-News in nearby Defiance that he was behind the initial accident. "The next thing I know, all I see is trucks all tangled up," he said.

Higgins said he drove his van into a ditch to avoid the trucks crashing around him.

Katie Hepler, a spokeswoman for Chrysler Group LLC, told The (Toledo) Blade that one of the tractor-trailers in the accident was a company truck going from Kokomo to Detroit. She said the driver was hurt and was taken to a hospital.

U.S. 24, a major cargo route between northern Indiana and Ohio, was shut down much of the day.





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