April 24, 2014

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UPDATE: Man in ‘extremely critical condition’ after head-on crash on Route 113

HENRIETTA TWP. — An early-evening three-vehicle automobile accident has left one of the drivers in “extreme critical condition.”

The accident occurred at 6:18 p.m. Friday on state Route 113, near the intersection of Gifford Road in Henrietta Township.

According to the Ohio Highway Patrol, Timothy O’Brien, 43, of Wakeman, was driving a 1994 Ford F-350 dump truck westbound on state Route 113 when he stopped to turn left into a private drive.

The driver of a 2005 Subaru Forester was behind O’Brien, failed to stop in time and attempted to pass the dump truck.

As the Forester attempted to pass the dump truck, it side-swiped it, drove left of center and struck an eastbound Ford F-150 driven by Brent Leimbach, 33, of Amherst, head-on.

The Forester came to rest in the middle of state Route 113. Leimbach’s vehicle was driven off the south side of the road and came to rest in a yard.

The driver of the Forester was flown to Cleveland MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland.

He was in “extreme critical condition” Friday night, according to the patrol.

The patrol said his name will be released after his family is notified.

Leimbach was trapped in his F-150 and had to be extricated by medical personnel. He was flown to MetroHealth Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

O’Brien was not injured.

The patrol said it is unclear whether the driver of the Forester and Leimbach were wearing seat belts. Drug and/or alcohol use was also not known.

The crash remains under investigation.

Contact Melissa Linebrink at 329-7155 or mlinebrink@chroniclet.com.