Car rolls down embankment

Cary Ashby • Feb 15, 2013 at 11:12 AM

A Norwalk driver rolled his car down an embankment, but he refused to be transported to the hospital early Thursday afternoon.

(NOTE - To see pictures of the accident, click HERE.)

Gary P. Goodsite, 51, of 520 Milan Ave., Lot 144, was charged with failure to control.

"He was southbound toward Norwalk. He had dropped something on the floor and he went to pick up that item. He then lost control of his vehicle," Erie County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Jared Oliver said.

Goodsite hit a sign and went off U.S. 250. The four-door 2007 Chrysler car then hit a culvert, went airborne and traveled down a ravine, Oliver said.

The accident happened on the northwest side of the U.S. 250 bridge near Milan.

"(The car) was probably 20 feet down the ravine," Oliver said. "It rolled a couple times. It landed on its roof."

The Milan Township Fire Department was dispatched at 12:37 p.m.

"We also requested mutual aid from Norwalk (firefighters) with their heavy rescue equipment," Chief Brian Rospert said shortly after returning from the scene.

Norwalk firefighters responded to the call at 12:51 p.m. They were on scene for 20 minutes.

Upon arrival, Rospert said the car was on its side about 35 feet down an embankment "with the victim still in there."

"It took us about 10 minutes to stabilize the vehicle and five minutes to extricate him," Rospert said.

After firefighters extracted Goodsite -- the only occupant -- from the car, he walked up the embankment on his own power.

"He was very lucky," Rospert said.

Milan Township firefighters cleared the scene about 1:45 p.m.

The Milan Police Department and North Central EMS assisted deputies and firefighters at the scene.

"He refused treatment," Rospert said. "I think they checked him over, but he refused treatment and transport."

Norb's towed the severely-damaged Chrysler from the scene.

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