Luckily, the crash looked a lot worse than it was.
It took two Norwalk firefighters between eight and 10 minutes to extricate a female driver from a Ford Focus SE that landed on the driver’s side off the left side of Old State Road. Capt. Bill Knadler and firefighter Brett Beers had to cut the top and dashboard off the car to get to the woman, whose name wasn’t available.
(NOTE - Pictures of the accident can be seen HERE.)
“She was sitting there talking with us,” said Knadler, who said the driver appeared to be in “a little bit of pain,” which mostly was from her seat belt and shoulder harness. “(She) knew her name and all that.”
The woman sustained a deep abrasion across her upper chest. The accident happened Wednesday morning at the dip of the road near Woodlawn Cemetery.
“As far as broken bones or anything, I have no idea,” Knadler said.
Norwalk Police Capt. Mike Conney and officer Seth Fry were piecing together what happened right after the one-vehicle crash.
“The only thing we’re certain of is the (car) was heading north on Old State here,” Conney said at the scene.
The woman went off the left side of Old State Road across from Veterans Memorial Lake Park.
“(She) went quite a ways through the grass,” Conney said.
“We actually think it went airborne because the pole is split a little bit high up. … It is at least 5 feet up,” he said.
Conney was asked if the car flipped.
“You can see there’s an impact point in the ground where there’s broken bits of lens, so yeah, I’m going to say it flipped at least one time,” he said.
The front part of the small car was mangled, particularly the engine compartment. The utility pole off the left side of Old State Road was in at least three pieces. The crash brought down several wires.
Two Ohio Edison trucks arrived at the scene about 10:45 a.m. A third crew arrived about four minutes later.
Conney was asked if speed was a factor. At the scene, he said police “don’t know for sure at this point” if the woman had her “attention diverted from the roadway” or if there was a medical issue.
North Central EMS transported the patient to Fisher-Titus Medical Center.
“In the ambulance, she was complaining of some pain in her leg. We’re not sure what could have caused it,” Conney said. “She had her seat belt on; there’s no doubt about that.”