Thursday, October 08, 2009


Lorain – A three car crash in Lorain has left one man dead and another in critical condition.

Firefighters and Paramedics responded to the crash just before 3 p.m. after receiving calls of a serious crash with a victim trapped. Firefighters arrived on scene and found the driver of one car already dead and another in critical condition.

Officials say that 52 year old Larry Durasin of Lorain was sitting at a traffic light in the westbound lane of East Erie at Kansas Ave when the driver of a Chevy Malibu crashed into the rear of his Ford Taurus – sending it into a utility pole, sheering off the bottom of the pole.

As the Malibu continued through the intersection a Dodge truck – that was making a left turn onto Erie from Kansas – collided with the Malibu. The impact sent the truck into the front yard of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church. The Malibu ended up on the sidewalk on the opposite side of the street.

Paramedics treated the driver of the Malibu at the scene and then transported him to Community Health Partners Emergency Room where a helicopter was waiting to fly him to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland – he remains in critical condition.

The driver of the truck, 45 year old Dwight Clark, said he didn’t see the crash coming. Clark refused any treatment from Paramedics or transport. He stated that his mother was coming to the scene and he might go on his own later if he felt it necessary.

Firefighters remained on scene until the Lorain County Coroner’s Office arrived and completed their own on-scene investigation. Once they were done Firefighters had to cut the car to extricate the Durasin.

Firefighters were also keeping a watchful eye on a utility pole that was struck during the crash. A lower chunk of the pole was cut out leaving the pole resting in a precarious position. Ohio Edison arrived a short time later and secured the pole before making repairs.



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