South Bloomfield Woman Dies in Crash Early This Morning

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A South Bloomfield woman was killed early Wednesday morning in a four-vehicle crash at U.S. Route 23 and Pittsburgh Road just south of the city.
Amy Schneider, 42, was pronounced dead at the scene by Dr. John Ellis, Pickaway County Coroner.
According to the Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office, Schneider was the driver of one of three vehicles stopped at the traffic light at the intersection near the DuPont and PPG Industries plants about 1:20 a.m. Wednesday when she was struck from behind by a Freightliner tractor-trailer driven by Tracy Ferrell, 41, of Corunna, Mich.
The crash pushed Schneider’s Toyota Corolla into a 2004 Pontiac Grand Am driven by Karen Kindle, 59, of Rushsylvania, which was then pushed into a 2005 Dodge Durango driven by Francis Shirey, 49, of Circleville, which flipped onto its top.
Shirey was treated for injuries at Berger Hospital and released the same day, said Sgt. Cory Bachnicki.
Kindle was transported by Pickaway Plains Ambulance Service to Grant Medical Center in Columbus for treatment of a broken pelvis. She is expected to recover, Bachnicki said.
Ferrell was arrested for tampering with evidence for ripping out a sheet in his log book and hiding it in a junction box along the roadway following the crash, Bachnicki said. Other charges are possible pending a full investigation.
Rescue crews extinguished at least two small fires during the process of extricating Schneider’s body from the wreckage, which took several hours to accomplish.
The crash remains under investigation by the Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office.
Reporter Kristi Murphy contributed to this report.