ELYRIA — Two accidents that occurred almost simultaneously shortly after 9 this morning added to the rush-hour traffic headaches at state Route 57 and Interstate 90 in Elyria, but everyone involved walked away unhurt.
Louis Licieur of Cleveland said he lost control while trying to merge from 57 northbound onto I-90 east. He said he rolled over twice in the 1981 Volkswagon Rabbit he had just bought for his daughter.
The vehicle, which had a cracked windshield and dented roof, came to rest right-side up about 20 feet from the ramp, and Licieur was able to get out on his own before Elyria police arrived.
Licieur said he was fine and just hoped insurance would pay to replace the car.
In the meantime, a silver Toyota Matrix northbound on 57 apparently rear-ended a white Dodge Durango near the entrance to the I-90 ramp where Licieur had flipped.
Andrew Tanner and his wife, Hilda, from Aurora, were passengers in the Durango, along with his daughter, Michelle Tanner, and granddaughter, Emmie, who were visiting from England.
The four were on their way to Put-in-Bay. Tanner said the Durango had suffered little damage and he expected they’d be able to continue to Put-in-Bay.
Traffic inched along state Route 57 northbound while the accidents were cleared.