Mother, toddler hospitalized after crash

Cary Ashby • Mar 19, 2014 at 9:06 AM

A 3-year-old boy was flown to a Toledo trauma center after a two-vehicle serious injury crash closed Mason Road for about three hours Tuesday morning.

Nevan Jordan, of Bellevue, initially was listed in critical condition at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center, according to troopers with the Sandusky post of the state Highway Patrol. A hospital spokeswoman said as of late Tuesday afternoon, he had been upgraded to fair condition in the pediatric intensive care unit.

Jordan’s mother, Heather M. Russell, 23, of Bellevue, is accused of failing to maintain assured cleared distance and hit the rear of a stopped trash truck, troopers said. The 1991 International TK truck, which is owned Cyclone Services in Vickery, was driven by Brian S. Powers, 44, of Vickery. Powers wasn’t injured. Troopers said he was eastbound on Mason Road and had stopped to collect trash.

The crash happened about 9:15 a.m. on Mason Road near Ohio 269 in Erie County.

Margaretta Township EMS transported Jordan and his mother, Russell, who wasn’t wearing her seatbelt, to Firelands Regional Medical Center with incapacitating injuries, troopers said.

“I know she (Russell) was released from the hospital. She didn’t have any major injuries. She went to the hospital with the child,” said a dispatcher who declined to be named Tuesday afternoon.

A LifeFlight helicopter flew Russell’s son from Firelands to Mercy St. Vincent in Toledo.

The 1999 Pontiac Grand Am driven by Russell sustained severe damage to the front end. The trash truck had functional damage to the rear.

Alcohol wasn’t a factor in the crash, which remains under investigation.

Assisting troopers at the scene were the Erie County Sheriff’s Office, Margaretta Township Fire and EMS, Fast Times Towing and Ralph’s Towing.

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