Chopper carries driver to Cleveland after rollover crash on Rt. 303 in Pittsfield


By Jason Hawk - jhawk@civitasmedia.com



<p style="text-align: right;">Photos by Jason Hawk | Civitas Media A 1984 Jeep was torn to pieces as it rolled Thursday on Rt. 303, throwing its battery, door, and roof into yards on the side of the rural roadway.

Photos by Jason Hawk | Civitas Media A 1984 Jeep was torn to pieces as it rolled Thursday on Rt. 303, throwing its battery, door, and roof into yards on the side of the rural roadway.


LifeFlight circles for a landing in a cornfield near Quarry Road.


Rescue workers take the driver to the waiting medical helicopter for transport to MetroHealth Medical Center.


Trooper Josh Grimm surveys the wreckage and tries to reconstruct the crash scene.


An 18-year-old Huron County man crawled from the wreckage last Thursday morning after flipping his 1984 Jeep on Rt. 303 just west of Quarry Road in Pittsfield Township.

John Lyons was inside his home just two dozen yards from where the vehicle struck a culvert and rolled.

He ran outside to help and found debris scattered across his yard — the Jeep’s roof was sheered clean off, a door lay 100 or more feet away, and its battery was thrown several hundred feet down the road.

“That thing would have been a missile if anyone had been standing there,” Lyons said.

He pointed to a huge scrape on the concrete culvert and felled branches where the Jeep ricocheted off a tree.

The driver’s name was not released but trooper Josh Grimm of the Ohio State Highway Patrol said he was in stable condition as a LifeFlight helicopter landed in a cornfield.

Wellington and Camden firefighters helped move the driver to the chopper. He was flown to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland as a “precautionary step” but Grimm said injuries were not life-threatening.

The driver had briefly lost consciousness but woke again and was able to speak briefly to authorities. According to Grimm, he was dazed and did not know where he had been heading.

Lyons said that in the moments after the crash, the man revealed he had fallen asleep behind the wheel

Alcohol is not a suspected factor in the incident. Grimm confirmed the driver had been wearing a seat belt.

Jason Hawk can be reached at 440-775-1611 or @EditorHawk on Twitter.

Photos by Jason Hawk | Civitas Media A 1984 Jeep was torn to pieces as it rolled Thursday on Rt. 303, throwing its battery, door, and roof into yards on the side of the rural roadway.

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Photos by Jason Hawk | Civitas Media A 1984 Jeep was torn to pieces as it rolled Thursday on Rt. 303, throwing its battery, door, and roof into yards on the side of the rural roadway.

LifeFlight circles for a landing in a cornfield near Quarry Road.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2015/11/web1_DSC_52581.jpgLifeFlight circles for a landing in a cornfield near Quarry Road.

Rescue workers take the driver to the waiting medical helicopter for transport to MetroHealth Medical Center.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2015/11/web1_DSC_52721.jpgRescue workers take the driver to the waiting medical helicopter for transport to MetroHealth Medical Center.

Trooper Josh Grimm surveys the wreckage and tries to reconstruct the crash scene.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2015/11/web1_DSC_52751.jpgTrooper Josh Grimm surveys the wreckage and tries to reconstruct the crash scene.

By Jason Hawk

jhawk@civitasmedia.com