3 transported after S.R. 347 crash

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Three people were transported to Mary Rutan Hospital from the scene of a three-vehicle crash on State Route 347 near County Road 154 about 3:40 p.m. Thursday. Deputies of the Logan County Sheriff’s Office report Ashley Roberts, 24, of Belle Center, was operating a northbound pickup when she struck the rear of a northbound pickup that was stopped in traffic. The second pickup, which was operated by Phillip Middaugh, 60, of Rushsylvania, then struck the rear of a northbound car operated by Robert Shields, 55, of Bellefontaine. Mr. Shields and Mr. Middaugh each was transported by Allen Township squad to the hospital, while Ms. Roberts was transported by private vehicle to the hospital. She was cited for failure to maintain assured clear distance ahead and received a seat belt violation. Damage was heavy to each of the vehicles.  Deputies were assisted by Perry Township Fire and EMS. (EXAMINER PHOTO | T.J. HUBBARD)