December 21, 2014

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UPDATED: Man critical after head-on I-90 crash

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Emergency crews work to rescue two drivers who were trapped in their cars after a head-on crash. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

SHEFFIELD — One man was in critical condition and another in fair condition Wednesday morning at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland after a car crossed the median on Interstate 90 near state Route 611 and hit another car head-on Tuesday morning.

Kevin Mchue, 25, of Cleveland, was driving a 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix westbound on I-90 near the French Creek Road overpass about 10:45 a.m. Tuesday when he bumped into another car, also headed westbound, Sheffield Police Chief Larry Bliss said.

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Both drivers were flown from the scene by medical helicopter.

The bump caused Mchue to lose control of his car, and he traveled across the grass median and hit an eastbound Chevrolet Cruze head-on, Bliss said.

The Chevrolet Cruze — driven by 21-year-old Adam Couture of Massachusetts — spun around and was pushed into the guardrail in the eastbound lane, Bliss said.

Firefighters from Sheffield, Sheffield Township, Elyria Township and Avon responded to the scene, aided by the Ohio Highway Patrol and police from Sheffield and Avon. Couture was conscious and able to talk with police, Bliss said.

The men were trapped in their cars for about an hour before they were freed at 11:45 a.m. and taken by LifeFlight to MetroHealth. Couture was listed in good condition and Mchue in critical condition Wednesday morning.

There were no passengers in either car. The woman who was bumped while driving westbound was not injured, Bliss said.

Tuesday is not the first time Mchue has been critically injured in a car crash. In 2009, he survived after a car he was a passenger in struck a tree near 1499 Gulf Road in Elyria. Like on Tuesday, firefighters had to extricate Mchue from the car.

Eastbound traffic halted for about two hours while police cleared the scene. It reopened about 12:45 p.m.

Police still are investigating the cause of the initial crash.

Reporter Evan Goodenow contributed to this story.

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