Minor injuries in head-on S curves crash

Wellington fire chief Mike Wetherbee

Three people were hospitalized after a head-on crash Friday morning on the Rt. 58 S curves just north of Wellington.

A late-model Saturn station wagon and a Nissan Altima smashed into each other at high speed around 9:26 a.m., causing major damage to both, Wellington fire chief Mike Wetherbee said.

One of the cars went left of center, but it’s unknown which driver caused the crash.

Two drivers and a passenger were rushed to Mercy Allen Hospital in Oberlin.

“They didn’t appear to be severe, life-threatening injuries,” Wetherbee said, characterizing the damage as cuts and bruises.

It was the second call-out of the day for Wellington firefighters, who responded just before 3 a.m. to a single-car crash on Rt. 58 in Huntington Township.

A female driver fled the scene after smashing into a utility pole, Wetherbee said.

“The utility pole was hanging by the wires and a tractor trailer came through and hit the wires and ripped the wires off the pole and tore the transformers down,” he told the Enterprise.

The heavy damage caused power outages for several Lorain-Medina Rural Electric customers for a couple of hours.

The truck driver was not injured in the crash.

“Our personnel had to search area fields, yards, and buildings with our thermal imaging cameras looking for the driver of the vehicle,” the fire chief said.

She was later found walking east down state Rt. 162.

It is unknown if alcohol may have been a factor in the crash.

Wetherbee didn’t find it too out of the ordinary that two crashes happened in one day. He said some days are overwhelming with one call after another and some days are slow with few to no calls.

“It’s just par for the course,” he said. “It just so happened we had two in the same day.”

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