A man was left in critical condition in Lorain County Friday morning on the Ohio Turnpike after a fatal accident left his car lodged underneath a tractor trailer. The driver was in critical condition after 2 semis crushed his vehicle.
According to Cleveland 19 News, Scott Vanness traveled eastbound on the turnpike around 6:40am that morning when the collision occurred. The report states that the 31-year-old Michigan resident struck the rear of a commercial truck driven by 48-year-old Jason Winkfield.
An ABC News affiliate in Detroit reported that Vanness drove a 2016 Ford Focus Hatchback at the time of the crash.
Winkfield reportedly tried to pull over to get off the road with the passenger vehicle trapped under the rear of his truck. However, he could not successfully remove the Ford hatchback from the travel lanes in time. Moments later, 38-year-old Brandon Freeman struck Vanness’ passenger vehicle with his own commercial truck.
The report described Vanness’ car as being “crushed” between the two commercial vehicles.
Vanness sustained major “incapacitating injuries” from the three-vehicle crash and was trapped in his vehicle for an extended period.
Cleveland 19 News states that the South Amherst Fire Department members dispatched to the scene of the accident extricated Vanness and then airlifted him via Metro Life Flight to a Cleveland hospital.
Jason Winkfield was not injured at all during the crash. Brandon Freeman reportedly suffered a shoulder injury. However, officers stated that Freeman refused medical treatment at the scene of the accident.
Nearly 80 percent of the fatal crashes involving commercial trucks in 2017 occurred on weekdays, according to the US Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The report states that the crashes typically occurred within the 12-hour period of 6:00am to 6:00pm. The report further states that 72 percent of the people who lost their lives in crashes with large trucks that year occupied other vehicles.
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