December 25, 2014

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Avon officer treated for I-90 crash injury

AVON – A police officer who was investigating a single-car crash early Friday on Interstate 90 was injured after a second vehicle veered off the icy highway and hit his parked cruiser.

Officer Andrew Kehl was taken to EMH Emergency Care Center in Avon for an injury to his right leg, where he was treated and released, Avon police Lt. Dan Fischbach said.

“He`s a little sore. He has to wait for some tests and an MRI before we know when he`ll be able to get back to work,” Fischbach said.

Kehl was out of his vehicle investigating the first crash when a second car traveling east on I-90 lost control on the icy road and drove off of the right side of the road, striking a guardrail.

The vehicle, driven by Christopher M. Konowal, 24, of Lorain, then struck Kehl`s cruiser, which hit the vehicle involved in the first crash.

Konowal`s vehicle also hit the tow truck from Hall`s Towing that was removing the first vehicle.

Konowal sustained non-life threatening injuries but was transported to St. John West Shore Hospital as a precaution. The driver of the first vehicle was not injured.

The eastbound lanes of I-90 were closed for about an hour while the crashes were investigated and the Ohio Department of Transportation salted the highway.

Contact Jason Hawk at 653-6264 or jhawk@chroniclet.com.