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Elyria woman hurt in crash in rollover crash in Medina County

LIVERPOOL TWP. — An Elyria woman was flown to a Cleveland hospital this morning after flipping her SUV in a one-vehicle crash near the intersection of Grafton and West River roads.

Karen Durbin-Sasach, 47, lost control of her 2002 Dodge Durango heading east on Granfton Road. She then slid into a ditch, hit a tree head-on and flipped the vehicle about 7:19 a.m. today, according to Trooper Nick Clemens, of the Ohio Highway Patrol's Medina post.

"There weren't any skid skid marks, and she was out-of-control when she left the roadway," said Clemens, who noted that rainy and windy weather were likely factors in the accident.

There were no passengers in the SUV, Clemens said. The roof and dashboard of the Durango collapsed and pinned Durbin-Sasach's legs in the vehicle, making it difficult for rescuers to remove her.

"She was trapped in the car for about an hour and 20 minutes," Clemens said.

Rescue crews were attempting to remove Durbin-Sasach from the vehicle, while waiting for an emergency helicopter to arrive from Cleveland MetroHealth Medical Center. Windy weather was delaying the helicopter from immediately flying to the accident scene, a rescuer said.

A spokeswoman from the hospital said Durbin-Sasach was under observation and had no status regarding the driver's health.

Clemens said Durbin-Sasach was conscious and alert at the scene. She was wearing a seat belt.

In addition to the OHP, agencies responding to the crash scene included the Valley City-Liverpool Township Fire Department and Medina County Sheriff's Office.

Contact Steve Grazier (330) 721-4012 or sgrazier@medina-gazette.com.

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