Saturday, October 10, 2009


LaGrange – An overnight crash on Biggs Road in LaGrange ejected one man and trapped another in the wreckage.

Trooper Lance Deshuk of the Ohio State Highway Patrol said that the truck was traveling west on Biggs at the time of the crash. “The three men were traveling west on Biggs Road in a 2005 GMC Sierra. The driver, 24-year-old Jared Lease of Grafton, lost control of the truck – spun around and then went off the left side of the roadway. Once the truck crossed the ditch it flipped numerous times before coming to rest on its wheels in the field.”

Chief James Rader of the Lagrange Township Fire & Rescue said that when Firefighters arrived they found one victim on the ground, one trapped and one walking around. “With finding three victims we requested mutual aid with LifeCare for another ambulance and then at the same time we received a call through 9-1-1 for another ambulance at the Police Station for an unknown medical problem so Central Lorain County Ambulance responded to that call for us and treated that patient.”

Rader said that extrication of the driver was prolonged due to the extensive damage to the truck. “While our guys were cutting the truck open LifeCare transported the victim that had been ejected from the truck to Allen Community Hospital in serious condition. He was then LifeFlighted to MetroHealth in Cleveland. The other passenger was also taken to Allen and he was alert and oriented at the time so he was not as serious as the other two victims.”

With the prolonged extrication Chief Rader had a Metro LifeFlight helicopter land on a nearby driveway. “Once the driver was freed from the truck we loaded him into the back of our ambulance

According to Trooper Deshuck the victim that was ejected from the truck is 24-year-old Ryan Griffin of Grafton. The third victim is 24-year-old Marc Bowman of LaGrange.

Deshuk said that the crash remains under investigation. “We still need to speak with the victims and try to determine what caused the driver to lose control and go off the roadway.”



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