Rescuers pull drivers from semi vs. pick-up wreckage on Rt. 2


By Jason Hawk - jhawk@civitasmedia.com



<p style="text-align: right;">Photos courtesy of the Amherst fire department A semi lies on its side at the Beaver Creek bridge on Rt. 2, where it first rolled and then was struck by a pick-up.

Photos courtesy of the Amherst fire department A semi lies on its side at the Beaver Creek bridge on Rt. 2, where it first rolled and then was struck by a pick-up.


Photos courtesy of the Amherst fire department A semi lies on its side at the Beaver Creek bridge on Rt. 2, where it first rolled and then was struck by a pick-up.


An 18-wheeler flipped on its side late Monday on Rt. 2, then its underbelly was slammed by a pick-up truck.

“Basically the pick-up hit a solid steel wall,” said Amherst fire chief Greg Knoll.

The flatbed semi was hauling two steel coils. When it overturned around 11 p.m. at the Beaver Creek bridge at the North Main Street, the one heavy metal coil was thrown into the roadway while the other rolled into a ditch.

The big truck landed with its wheels facing oncoming traffic in the westbound lane, Knoll said.

That’s when the pick-up crashed into the prone semi. The flatbed driver was stuck in his cab and firefighters had to break the window to pull the him to safety. He went to Mercy Regional Medical Center for evaluation.

Meanwhile, the Jaws of Life were brought out to cut the pick-up driver from the wreckage.

Because of weather complications, LifeFlight could not land nearby. The pick-up driver was taken by LifeCare ambulance to the Lorain County Airport, where the flight crew, doctor, and nurse were standing by, Knoll said.

The chief characterized his injuries as non-life-threatening.

Rt. 2 was closed about four hours. Knoll said fire crews were lucky that only a minimal amount of fuel leaked, especially so close to the creek.

Conditions were snowy and extremely icy. Still, Knoll said it was unclear whether weather or other factors led to the crash.

The highway remained closed more than four hours while the mess was cleaned up.

A police spokesman could not be reached for comment Tuesday. Details on the drivers’ identities and possible charges were not available.

Jason Hawk can be reached at 440-988-2801 or @EditorHawk on Twitter.

Photos courtesy of the Amherst fire department A semi lies on its side at the Beaver Creek bridge on Rt. 2, where it first rolled and then was struck by a pick-up.

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Photos courtesy of the Amherst fire department A semi lies on its side at the Beaver Creek bridge on Rt. 2, where it first rolled and then was struck by a pick-up.

Photos courtesy of the Amherst fire department A semi lies on its side at the Beaver Creek bridge on Rt. 2, where it first rolled and then was struck by a pick-up.

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Photos courtesy of the Amherst fire department A semi lies on its side at the Beaver Creek bridge on Rt. 2, where it first rolled and then was struck by a pick-up.

By Jason Hawk

jhawk@civitasmedia.com