December 22, 2014

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Weather likely to blame in series of car crashes

Carlisle Township Firefighters inspect a Ford pickup truck that was nearly folded in half after it was hit by a semi. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

Carlisle Township Firefighters inspect a Ford pickup truck that was nearly folded in half after it was hit by a semi. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

CARLISLE TWP. — Icy roads and snow may be partly to blame for a series of car crashes Tuesday morning — one of which sent a young woman to the hospital with serious injuries.

Emily Williams, 20, of Wellington, was critically injured in a two-vehicle crash on U.S. Route 20, east of state Route 301, on Tuesday.

About 8:30 a.m., Williams was driving her 2003 Ford F150 east on Route 20 when she lost control of her vehicle and crossed the median into the westbound lane. The side of Williams’ truck was hit by a freightliner tractor-trailer, driven by 56-year-old Norris Bragg of Euclid, according to the Ohio Highway Patrol.

A Ford F-150 sustained extensive damage after it was hit by a semi truck on Route 20 Tuesday morning. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

A Ford F-150 sustained extensive damage after it was hit by a semi truck on Route 20 Tuesday morning. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

Williams’ truck was pushed off the north side of the road while Bragg’s tractor-trailer hit a guardrail on the south side of the road.

The Carlisle Township Fire Department assisted the patrol and removed Williams from the vehicle. She was flown to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, where she remained in critical condition Tuesday night.

Bragg was taken to University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center, where he was being treated for non-serious injuries Tuesday, according to the patrol.

Both Bragg and Williams were wearing seat belts, according to troopers.

A spokesperson for Ohio Business College in Sheffield confirmed that Williams is a student at the college though the school will not release more information about Williams until they talk with her family.

The crash on Route 20 was one of multiple crashes Tuesday morning.

Earlier in the morning, two simultaneous car crashes left five children and teenagers with possible injuries near Baumhart Road and state Route 113, said patrol Sgt. Tim Hoffman.

At 7:26 a.m. John Smith, 48, of Vermilion, was at a red light in his 2014 Mazda on Baumhart Road at the intersection of Route 113 with three children in the car. As he was stopped, a 16-year-old Amherst girl driving a 2005 Toyota Sienna lost control of her car and rear-ended Smith’s vehicle, leaving the three children with possible injuries, Hoffman said.

The teenager was uninjured and was charged with failure to maintain a clear distance.

At the same time, Angela Denney, 41, was driving her Ford Explorer southbound on Baumhart Road with two teen girls in the car. When she slowed to turn left onto Route 113, Denney’s car was hit by another 16-year-old Amherst resident. The two teenagers in Denney’s car received possible injuries from the crash, Hoffman said. The Amherst teen, who was uninjured, was also charged with failure to maintain a clear distance.

The two crashes on Baumhart and Route 113, as well as the crash on Route 20, were three of 11 crashes on Tuesday morning, Hoffman said.

He said the crashes were mostly a result of icy roads.

Contact Anna Merriman at 329-7245 or amerriman@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter at @AnnaLMerriman.