Tuesday, August 22, 2006



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Ohio State Patrol, LifeCare Ambulance and Elyria Fire Department all responded to the Ohio Turnpike this morning for a report of a single car crash. When officials arrived they immediately dispatched Metro Life Flight to the scene for one of the victims.

Herb dela Porte, Paramedic and Vice President of LifeCare Ambulance said that all three passengers in the car had to be transported, two were in critical condition and one sustained serious injuries. The most critical was flown from the scene by helicopter while the others were taken to Elyria Memorial Hospital by LifeCare and then were flown a short time later to Cleveland.
Assistant Elyria Fire Chief Ron Brlas said that although the car was down in a swampy culvert the rescue went smoothly and quickly. "We sent some tools down by rope, like the Jaws of Life to pop the doors off, but we were able to carry the victims up the hill on the backboards." Brlas said that Metro Life Flight gave an ETA of 18 minutes for a second helicopter, so after conferring with dela Porte of LifeCare they decided to have the second critical patient transported by ambulance to Elyria Memorial. “The male victim who was a passenger in the vehicle was pronounced dead at Cleveland Metro”. The two passengers were the parents of the female driver; they were in town from Romania visiting their daughter.

Witnesses say that the car swerved to miss a tire in the road. The car then went off the road broke through a fence and ended up in a culvert.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good article. Everyone worked well together. Elyria Firefighters did a great job with the extrication of the victims. You should have mentioned that this crash was in ELYRIA TOWNSHIP and ELYRIA TOWNSHIP FIRE DEPARTMENT was also on scene.

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