The Elyria post of the state Highway Patrol is currently investigating an injury crash that occurred this morning at 7:35 a.m. today on Ohio 57 near Waterfall Drive in Lorain County's Carlisle Township.
A passing motorist stopped to advise a patrol Motor Carrier Enforcement Unit of a pickup truck that struck a house, and the Motor Carrier Enforcement Unit arrived on scene in less than a minute after being notified. Upon arrival, the rear of the pickup truck was on fire along with several bushes outside the residence. The Motor Carrier Unit extinguished the flames along with other motorists who stopped to assist.
The driver of the pickup truck, Nicholas Hill, 48, of Elyria, was transported from the scene by Life Care EMS to Elyria Memorial Hospital. Hill was later transferred to Cleveland MetroHealth Medical Center.
Hill was driving a 1999 Ford Ranger and had exited a local business seconds before the crash. Hill travelled across Ohio 57 before driving off the north side of Waterfall Drive, where he struck a house. The homeowner, who was inside the residence at the time of the crash, was uninjured. Hill’s vehicle sustained moderate damage and was towed by Don’s Towing. The home sustained severe damage as a result of the crash. The residence was not on fire at any time during or following the crash, only landscaping and the vehicle.
OSHP was assisted at the scene by the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office, Carlisle Township Fire, LifeCare EMS and Don’s Towing.
Alcohol is not a factor and the crash remains under investigation.