May 25, 2016


Car rolls over on freeway; teens survive

LORAIN – Two 16-year-old girls are recovering after a Monday afternoon accident that closed a portion of state Route 2 so helicopters could land on the highway and whisk the girls away.
Ashley Carr of Amherst was taken to Cleveland MetroHealth Medical Center and released hours later. Passenger Maggie Burke of Avon Lake was taken to Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, where she was listed in stable condition late Monday afternoon, said hospital spokesman.
The accident occurred when Carr, who was driving a 1998 Chevy Malibu, lost control while trying to make a lane change on Route 2, according to the Elyria post of the Highway Patrol.
Sgt. Ronald Cross said Carr was heading east in the right lane when she tried to switch lanes near the Middle Ridge Road and Broadway ramp. She apparently didn’t see a car in the left lane when she tried to make the switch, and she yanked the car back into the right lane to try and prevent a collision, Cross said.
But she lost control of the car at that point, and it rolled at least one full time before coming to rest on its wheels in the median, he said.
Carr, who was not wearing a seat belt, was thrown from the car. Burke was wearing a seat belt and was partially ejected from the passenger seat, according to the Highway Patrol.
The crash is still under investigation. It is unknown where the teens were headed.
Once on the scene, the patrol closed the on-ramp and both lanes of eastbound traffic were halted. At the same time, westbound traffic slowed to a crawl, too, as motorists traveled slowly by the accident scene and watched the helicopters land and take off.
The lanes finally reopened about 1:45 p.m.
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A helicopter lands on state Route 2 to pick up one of the two girls in the crash.
See footage from the scene of the crash.

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Lisa Roberson has been with the Chronicle since 2006, and covers Elyria city government and public education. She can be reached at 329-7121 or Follow her on Twitter.