WOMAN PULLS INTO PATH OF TRUCK
An early morning crash in Columbia Station sent a mother and her baby to two different hospitals.
Lieutenant Glenn Peterson of the Ohio State Highway Patrol said that around 8 a.m. Friday morning a woman pulled out of her driveway on Root Road in Columbia Station into the path of a northbound truck. The collision carried the car approximately 100 + feet. The truck, from Timber Wolf Crane Services from Medina, went off the road and into a yard on the west side of Root Road taking out shrubs and tress before stopping next to a utility pole. The woman was trapped in the vehicle with her baby, fully restrained, in the back seat of the car.
Lieutenant Stacey Borling of Columbia Township Fire Department said that extrication took 20 to 25 minutes. “When we arrived we saw that she was trapped so we mutual aided with surrounding departments and launched LifeFlight right away. We received help extricating the victim from Eaton Township and Olmsted Falls Fire Departments.” Lt. Borling said that the baby was not trapped and was still fully restrained in the back seat.
Metro LifeFlight landed in a neighbors yard just to the west of the crash and flew the mother to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland. Eaton Township Fire & Rescue transported the baby to Elyria Memorial Hospital.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.
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UPDATE: The driver of the car in this crash has been identified as 17 year old Brittney Bibby of Root Road in Columbia Station. The baby is 4 month old Matthew. The baby has been released from Elyria Memorial while his mom remains in critical condition at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland.
The driver of the truck is 42 year old Thomas Ludrosky. Ludrosky, visibly shaken at the scene did not want to speak to the media only saying that he did everything he could to stop but that he just couldn’t in time.