Thursday, February 14, 2008




Elyria Township – A two-car crash on Route 2 in Elyria Township Thursday morning sent one man by helicopter to Metro in critical condition and had traffic backed up for miles.

Lieutenant Glenn Peterson of the Ohio State Highway Patrol said that the crash occurred after a 31 year old Lorain man crossed the median of Route 2. “The man was driving eastbound on Route 2 from Middle Ridge Road when he slide across the median and hit a westbound vehicle pretty much in a head on position.”

Lieutenant Peterson said that the “why did he cross the median” question is still unclear and under investigation. “Right now we do not know why he lost control and came across the median, there was a possibility that there was some ice on the roadway this morning.”

Lieutenant Mike Yarosh of the Elyria Township Fire Department said that when they arrived on scene they found the driver of the truck unconscious. “We immediately had LifeFlight dispatched to the scene for the driver once we found him unresponsive. We started to set up for extrication but because that would have caused a lengthy delay we were able to find a safe way to remove him through the passenger side of the truck. He was then taken to our ambulance where we treated him and worked to stabilize him for the LifeFlight crew.”

Lieutenant Yarosh said that the female victim from the second vehicle was treated and transported by a second crew from Elyria Township to a local hospital. “She was conscious and alert the entire time and was transported to Community Health Partners in Lorain, I am unsure of her status right now.”

While Firefighters were handling this crash they received a call of another crash on Route 2 about a mile east of their location. Sheffield Township Firefighters responded and handled that crash. Lieutenant Yarosh said that there ended up being no injuries at that crash. Traffic in the westbound lanes was backed up as far as Sheffield Village while rescuers were working. Shortly after LifeFlight lifted off for Cleveland one lane was reopened.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.

To see more photos from the crash scene: CLICK HERE

Remember if you are driving and see an accident scene ahead, “SLOW DOWN AND MOVE OVER”. Allow Police, Fire, EMS and Tow Services to do their jobs without becoming a victim.


Anonymous scott bakalar said...

The rescue team with the stretcher is a GREAT PHOTO! Excellent Photo journalism TMC - really conveys a story all by itself.

As did the B&W photo a couple of stories ago of the firefighter with the baby seat.

Wonderful work with the lens.

12:49 PM  
Anonymous Eric L. said...

Wow...two buddies in one day show up in pictures for the first time. Good job Mike Y.

1:52 PM  
Anonymous Taco said...

I hope the person is okay who was in this crash. I saw the cars this morning and it didn't look good. When I was going to work, I got on the Middle Ridge Road ramp to go eastbound and traffic was backed up at that time (around 7:50am). It seemed like the road had some ice on it because since traffic was bumper to bumper, some cars tried to move from the right hand lane to the passing lane and I could hear the ice as they tried to change lanes. As I had my blinker on to get onto Route 2 eastbound traffic, some bozo must have thought the car in front of me and myself were going too slow because he proceeded to go to the right side of the ramp lane around us(mind you, this is a one lane road)so he could get to the front of the line. THIS, my friends, is what causes accidents. This person saw that there was a traffic back up. Common sense tells you that "something" must have happened. How far ahead of us was he going to get by doing this? Maybe 5 cars? Sometimes we blame weather conditions, but more often than not, it is impatient drivers.

10:44 PM  
Blogger Team said...

When I drove by the accident they guy in the truck had his arm and head out of the driver side window. I thought he was dead. I glad to hear that he made it.

10:27 PM  

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