Emergency crews handled major crashes in Erie County and surrounding areas this afternoon, with victims flown by medical helicopter from at least two of the crash scenes.
Ohio 113 and Kelley Road crash, Oxford Township
At about 2 p.m. in Oxford Township, a Norwalk woman — Brooke Deak, 23, of Newton Street — was driving a 2006 Chevy Malibu south on Kelley Road when she failed to stop at a stop sign at Ohio 113, according to Erie County Sheriff Paul Sigsworth.
Her vehicle was struck by a 2012 Mack tractor-trailer headed west on Ohio 113. The collision sent both vehicles off the road. The driver of the truck was Timothy Petersen, of Schaefer Road in Norwalk. He was not injured.
Deak was flown by medical helicopter to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo.
Bogart Road and Ohio 4 crash, Perkins Township
A few hours later, Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers and Perkins emergency crews were called to Ohio 4 and Bogart Road, where a 1999 Buick LeSabre drove off the road.
Mario Vargas, 22, of Clyde, was driving the Buick west on Bogart Road at a high rate of speed, Highway Patrol troopers said. The Buick was also seen passing a number of vehicles before eventually sideswiping a 2004 Chevy Silverado. The impact caused Vargas' vehicle to veer off the left side of the road and into a guardrail, where it overturned several times.
Vargas taken by ambulance to Firelands Regional Medical Center following the crash. His condition was not immediately available, but emergency crews at the scene said it appeared he suffered a broken leg, among other injuries.
Witnesses said they saw the Buick go airborne after crossing the Ohio 4 intersection, before landing on its nose and rolling several times in an adjacent field. The two occupants in the Chevy — Bellevue residents Eugene Stockmaster, 67, and Carol Stockmaster, 65 — were not injured. The crash remains under investigation. Initial reports indicated the driver may have suffered a medical condition, but that has not yet been confirmed.
Church Road crash, Berlin Heights
At about 4:30 p.m., Erie County deputies and Berlin firefighters were called to the 9600 block of Church Road in Berlin Heights, where a Pontiac Sunfire slammed into a pole and a tree.
Three occupants in the vehicle were injured. The driver — Sandra Hoff, 18, of Howard Drive in Vermilion — was flown by medical helicopter to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland. She was still being evaluated by medical staff late Tuesday.
The back-seat passenger — Ridge Newsom, 17, of Vermilion — was flown by medical helicopter to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo, where he remains in critical condition. His brother and front-seat passenger — Cole Newsom, 11, of Vermilion — was taken by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Lorain and discharged later in the evening.
The vehicle was west on Church Road when it went off the road and slammed into a mailbox before striking a telephone pole and a tree. The car sustained major damage.
Be sure to pick up Wednesday's Register for more on these crashes and a crash at about 6:30 p.m. in Carroll Township.
Also Tuesday, Highway Patrol troopers and Erie County deputies responded to a crash on Ohio 2. Click here for more.
Late Tuesday evening, Erie County deputies handled an incident where a woman left her car on the railroad tracks at Perkins Avenue and Cleveland Road. A train demolished the car. Read more here.