Driver ticketed after vans collide in Jasper

From Local Sources

JASPER — Police issued a ticket after two vans collided Monday afternoon at 13th and Newton streets.

Jerry Merkley, 78, Jasper, was northbound on Newton Street in a 2008 Ford van at the time of the 12:17 p.m. collision, according to the Jasper Police Department.

Police said a witness reported that Merkley ran a red light at the intersection.

The passenger side of the Merkley Ford was struck by a 2010 Dodge Caravan that was westbound on 13th Street and driven by Stacy Schroeder, 44, Jasper, according to police.

Damage was estimated at $4,000 to each of the vans.

Schroeder complained of back pain and was transported by ambulance for treatment at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center. A hospital spokeswoman said she was treated and released.

An officer cited Merkley for disregarding an automatic traffic signal.

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