Saturday, December 31, 2011


UPDATE: Police have released the names of the drivers involved in this crash – 41 year old Karen Talaback of Cuyahoga Falls was the driver of the silver minivan and 33 year old Michael Cornwell was the driver of the Republic Services truck.

Talaback remains in critical condition in Cleveland.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

Elyria – A collision between a minivan and a Republic Services garbage truck on Lake Ave Saturday morning sent one woman to Cleveland in critical condition.

Elyria Police are still investigating the cause of the crash but believe one of the two vehicles ran a red light. The garbage truck was traveling north on Lorain Blvd and the minivan was traveling east on Lake Ave when they collided in the intersection.

The collision was so severe that the two vehicles traveled north on Lorain Blvd before coming to rest. A wide debris field was left behind with pieces of the minivan found in a nearby parking lot.

Elyria Firefighters and LifeCare Paramedics treated the woman on the scene before LifeCare transported the critically injured woman to Cleveland by ground because of weather conditions.

Several streets surrounding the crash were either blocked or down to one lane while Officers attempted to reconstruct the crash scene and take measurements for their investigation.

The truck driver refused treatment or transport. There were no passengers in either vehicle.



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