An area woman is fighting for her life in a hospital while an area man was hospitalized with less serious injuries following a two-vehicle crash on U.S. 20 east of Ohio 301 in Carlisle Township.
About 8:32 a.m. Tuesday, a 2003 Ford F-150 pickup truck was eastbound on U.S. 20. A 2001 Freightliner tractor-trailer was westbound.
The pickup truck driver lost control, crossed through the median, entered the westbound lanes and was hit by the Freightliner, said troopers with the Elyria post of the state Highway Patrol.
After being hit, the Ford F-150 went off the north side of the road, struck the guardrail and re-entered the westbound lanes. The tractor-trailer went off the south side of U.S. 20 and struck the guardrail.
The pickup truck driver was identified as Emily M. Williams, 20, of Wellington. She was wearing her seatbelt and was extricated from her vehicle by the Carlisle Fire Department.
Williams received incapacitating injuries and was taken to EMH Regional Medical Center in Elyria by Life Care EMS and then flown to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland. She was listed in critical condition as of late Tuesday afternoon, a hospital spokeswoman said.
The driver of the Freightliner was identified as Norris L. Bragg, 60, of Euclid. Bragg was wearing his seatbelt and received non-incapacitating injuries. He was taken to EMH by Life Care EMS.
Bragg wasn’t listed as a patient late Tuesday afternoon.
Alcohol and drugs aren’t suspected as being factors. The crash remains under investigation, so neither driver has been charged, troopers said.
The westbound lanes of U.S. 20 were closed for about an hour due to the crash.
Agencies on scene were the patrol, Carlisle Fire Department, Life Care EMS, the Ohio Department of Transportation, D&A Towing and Dunlap’s Towing.