Man trapped in car after colliding with a semi

By Kelsey Leyva -

“Destroyed” is the word Wellington police chief Mike Wetherbee used to describe an SUV hit by a tractor trailer Friday evening in Brighton Township.

At about 5:05 p.m. Wellington firefighters were paged to the intersection of routes 511 and 18 where a man was trapped inside his vehicle after being struck by a semi.

It took firefighters eight minutes to free the driver from the twisted metal.

A man from Ashland was driving his Toyota Rav4 north on SR 511 when he reached the stop sign at Rt. 18. A woman driving the semi was headed east on Rt. 18.

Wetherbee said it appeared the the SUV went through the stop sign but he isn’t sure whether the driver stopped initially or simply ran the sign. Weather could have also been a factor.

“It’s hard to say at this point,” the chief said. “It was overcast and raining so visibility wasn’t very good at the time.”

The driver of the Rav4 was taken to Mercy Allen Hospital in Oberlin for unknown injuries. The woman driving the semi claimed to have no injuries and refused treatment.

The driver’s side of the SUV took the brunt of the damage and was totaled, according to Wetherbee. The front end of the tractor trailer also received heavy damage.

Kelsey Leyva can be reached at 440-647-3171 or @TWE_KelseyLeyva on Twitter.

By Kelsey Leyva