September 18, 2014

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UPDATED: Two injured in Russia Road crash

NEW RUSSIA TWP. — Two men were seriously injured in a two-vehicle crash around 3:10 p.m. on Russia Road about half a mile west of the Oberlin Road intersection.

Witness Aidan McNulty, 19, said he was driving west toward state Route 58 when a white Chevrolet pickup behind him tried to pass him in the eastbound lane in heavy rain. McNulty said the pickup collided with an eastbound Toyota Camry.

“I heard the two cars collide and then I saw them going off the road,” McNulty said. “Nobody really had time to put their brakes on.”

The tan Camry spun and ended up in a front yard at 45447 Russia Road. The pickup stopped about 50 yards west of the Camry in a front yard two doors down at 45509 Russia Road.

Both vehicles sustained heavy front-end damage. McNulty said he called 911 and then tried to talk to the victims. He said the driver of the Camry — whom the Ohio State Patrol identified as James P. Muth — was conscious but couldn’t speak. McNulty said the pickup driver – identified as Donald Kneisel of Amherst — was unconscious but later spoke to firefighters.

Muth who was bleeding from the head, was removed from his car by Oberlin and South Amherst firefighters around 3:25 p.m. and Kneisel was removed from his vehicle at 3:30 p.m.

Kneisel, 79, and Muth, 39, both were in critical condition at Metro Medical Health Center in Cleveland on Tuesday night. The investigation into the crash by the Ohio State Patrol is continuing.

For more on this story, see Wednesday’s Chronicle-Telegram.