November 28, 2014

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Two elderly women transported by LifeFlight after Elyria crash

Elyria fire and police are at the scene of a two-vehicle crash between a tractor-trailer and an SUV at Route 57 and Abbe Road North. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

Elyria fire and police are at the scene of a two-vehicle crash between a tractor-trailer and an SUV at Route 57 and Abbe Road North. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Two women were badly hurt in a crash about 11:50 a.m. Wednesday at the intersection of North Abbe Road and state Route 57.

Elyria fire and police investigate the scene after a tractor-trailer hit an SUV at the intersection.

Elyria fire and police investigate the scene after a tractor-trailer hit an SUV at the intersection.

A tractor-trailer truck hit a Toyota Highlander the women were in, police Capt. Phil Hammonds said. The southbound Highlander was turning left from Abbe onto Route 57 when it was hit on the passenger side by the eastbound Volvo tractor-trailer.

Highlander driver Joyce Kropf and passenger Sophie Vargo were hospitalized at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland Wednesday night. Kropf, 79, of Twinsburg, was in fair condition, according to a nursing supervisor. Vargo, 80, of Maple Heights, was critical.

Both Kropf and Vargo were conscious and alert after the crash, according to a fire department report. Vargo broke both wrists and her left ankle. Truck driver Glen Abidin, 61, of Westland, Mich., refused treatment.

A police report on the crash was unavailable Wednesday night.


  • Bob

    I am not going to say. But I have a good idea who had the red light.

    • HankKwah

      I’m surprised this got written without hearing that police spoke with witnesses. You’d have thunk that someone would’ve pulled over?

  • Becky

    Prayers to all involved.

  • shadow

    Why are people this age driving?

    • tickmeoff

      We live in Lorain County, not Cuyahoga County. All your life, you have had the ability to come and go. Now Mother Nature catches up with you. Your son and daughter live out of state, your Grand kids are too busy with their own lives to think of Grandma and Grandpa. With the large amount of Baby Boomers entering senility, and no support from family, what choice do they really have? Don’t go out for groceries, cancel that Doctor appointment, not being able to see their lifelong buddy from High School. Nobody wants to pay more taxes, but it is not just about ourselves. In fact, being unselfish and voting for public transportation might just save our life one day. Old people need an alternative, not just old people of means, but all old people. Get that sales tax increase before the Governor beats us to it again. This is not just a humanitarian issue, but a safety issue. We must look beyond our own personal world and recognize we are becoming a much older County.

    • Otter

      Funny, when a teen, has an accident (16-20 year olds have the most accidents, if you look at 16-24, the % is even higher) Yet no one ever asks why are they driving….