Thursday, March 24, 2011


Elyria – An early morning crash on Route 57 between Cleveland Street & Taylor left the driver trapped inside for about 30 minutes.

The single vehicle crash occurred just before 4:30 a.m. Thursday morning in the northbound lanes of Route 57 just past the bridge. Police say 26 year old Derrick Worthy of Lorain was traveling northbound when he lost control of his Ford Explorer before going off the left side of the road and rolling over onto its side.

Assistant Chief Ron Brlas of the Elyria Fire Department said they found Worthy pinned inside near the back of the Explorer. “While some of the guys were cutting the windshield off others were putting supports in place to stabilize the vehicle to make it safe for us to get inside to the victim.”

Once the vehicle was stabilized Captain Joe Pronesti made his way inside of the overturned SUV to check on Worthy. According to Brlas Worthy was speaking with Pronesti and Paramedics during the extrication process telling them he was having neck and back pains. Once some cutting was done a portion of the roof was pulled back and Worthy was pulled from the vehicle.

LifeCare Paramedics then began treating Worthy before transporting him to an awaiting helicopter on the ground at McKinley School next to the hospital. Worthy was then flown to Cleveland where he is now listed in good condition.

It is not clear what caused Worthy to lose control but snow and freezing rain had covered the roads before the crash.

Elyria Police are investigating the crash.



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