We urge friends and family to keep Gary Boulet and family in your thoughts and prayers as he was severely injured in an auto accident this past Friday, September 3rd. Gary and Sandy Boulet have been instrumental in many of the Holidays Festival programs over the years. The festival would like to extend it's wishes of recovery, and urge everyone to pray for Gary, Sandy, and family during this difficult healing time. The following news article is reposted from the Wooster Daily Record.
Gary Boulet, former OFEA president, and Dalton Holidays Festival Commitee Member severely injured in auto accident.
By BOBBY WARREN
WOOSTER -- The start of the Labor Day weekend began with a fatal, two-vehicle crash at the intersection of U.S. Route 30 and Elyria Road on Friday morning that claimed the life of a 54-year-old Fredericksburg woman.
Mary J. Yoder, Salt Creek Road, Fredericksburg, was a passenger in a 2004 Chevrolet van that was struck by a 2009 GMC flatbed truck driven by Thomas E. Ames, 73, 6543 State Route 83, Holmesville. Yoder was transported from the scene to Ashland Samaritan Hospital, where she died later from injuries sustained in the wreck, according to the Wooster Post of the State Highway Patrol.
Gary D. Boulet, 71, of 2748 S. West Lebanon Road, Dalton, was driving the white van westbound on U.S. 30 in a white 2004 Chevrolet passenger van. He was transporting seven people from a variety of Wayne County addresses, the Post reported.
Ames was northbound on Elyria Road around 8:56 a.m. and struck the van as he attempted to cross the westbound lanes. The collision forced Boulet's van off of the road on the north side of U.S. 30, causing it spin before coming to rest against a tree. Several passengers were ejected.
"There was no alcohol or drugs involved in this crash," said Lt. Chad Enderby, commander of the Wooster Post. "(Ames) pulled across and supposedly saw a white van ... and he thought the white van cleared the intersection and he was cleared to go," he said.
Apparently, the white van the driver saw was not Boulet's, Enderby indicated. "He didn't see the second vehicle."
New Pittsburg Volunteer Fire Department and EMS responded to the crash, and assistance was provided by Jeromesville Fire and Wooster Township Fire departments and Wooster EMS. An off-duty physician drove by shortly after the crash and stopped to provide assistance, according to the Post.
Two medical helicopters landed in the westbound lanes of U.S. 30 and transported two of the most serious victims from the scene. Two other victims were later transported by medical helicopters from local emergency rooms. In all eight victims were transported from the scene of the crash to numerous hospitals, the Post reported.
Personnel from the Ohio Department of Transportation District 3 provided traffic control and shut down the highway for more than an hour. The right lane and berm remained closed while troopers investigated the crash.
The identities of all of the passengers were not known Friday afternoon.
Enderby said the passengers in the van did not appear to be wearing seat belts, which would have limited the severity of the injuries. "Everyone in the vehicle should be buckled up," he said.
Because increased traffic is expected over the Labor Day weekend, Enderby said all of his troopers are scheduled to work, and there will be extra units patrolling.
"Motorists need to observe posted speed limits, and we'll be looking for aggressive drivers ... and impaired drivers," Enderby said. Those who choose to go somewhere and drink should make the good choice of designating someone else to drive, he added.
Capt. Doug Hunter of the Wayne County Sheriff's Office said there will be extra law enforcement on the roads all across the state.
"Drivers should slow down, use safety belts and focus 100 percent of their attention on their driving," Hunter said.
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