|Paulding woman killed in 14-vehicle crash on U.S. 24|
|Written by Ed Gebert|
|Wednesday, February 06, 2013 3:11 PM|
Around 8 a.m. Tuesday, Ashley A. Messmann, 28, of Paulding tried to cross U.S. 224 at Paulding County Rd. 87. She drove her 2000 Chevrolet Blazer northbound through the intersection but was struck by a 2007 Volvo semi pulling a tanker with approximately 1,500 gallons of 97-percent ethanol liquid. The tanker ruptured in the crash and the ethanol leaked into the median. The driver of the truck was Dale D. Janssens, 41, of Monroe, Mich.
After the initial crash, seven more crashes occurred as vehicles in both the eastbound and westbound lanes of U.S. 24 tried to avoid the wreckage. In those seven related crashes, nine people were taken to numerous hospitals for treatment on non-life threatening injuries. Messmann was pronounced dead at the scene by the Paulding County coroner.
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