July 24, 2016

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York Twp. accident sends 17-year-old to hospital

YORK TWP. — It took rescue crews nearly an hour Wednesday afternoon to free a 17-year-old Medina County Career Center student from his mangled Chevrolet Trailblazer.

Justin Stanton, of Liverpool Township, who was conscious while rescue crews worked to free him, was listed in good condition Wednesday night at Akron General Hospital, a spokeswoman said.

Rescue workers remarked it was incredible Justin survived the crash due to the extent of the Blazer’s damage.

a1mg_clr5col042810buckeyecrash02kb-copyCrews work at the scene of an accident involving a Chevrolet Trailblazer and a tractor-trailer Wednesday at Columbia and Spieth roads in York Township. It took crews almost an hour to free Liverpool Township resident Justin Stanton, 17, a student at the Medina County Career Center, from the SUV. (Kaitlin Bushinski / The Gazette)

“In 34 years I’ve never seen anything like that,” said Eugene Sulzener, director of Medina Hospital’s Life Support Team.

At about 2:15 p.m., Justin was traveling north on Columbia Road. When he attempted to turn left onto Spieth Road, his Blazer collided with a southbound tractor-trailer, Ohio Highway Patrol Lt. Joshua Swindell said.

The tractor-trailer pushed the SUV off the road and into a ditch, pinning it against a utility pole, said Swindell, commander of the patrol’s Medina post.

To free Justin, crews removed half of the SUV’s roof and various portions of the vehicle before they could maneuver him onto a stretcher.

Family members at the scene declined to comment.

Justin was flown via emergency helicopter to Akron General.

The driver of the tractor-trailer, Adam Eck, 24, of Eaton Township, was treated at the scene, Swindell said.

While the crash is still under investigation, Swindell said the preliminary findings suggest Justin failed to yield while making a left turn.

“He’s been driving for three weeks,” Swindell said, adding that Justin’s inexperience behind the wheel could be a factor.

Contact Kaitlin Bushinski at (330) 721-4050 or kbushinski@medina-gazette.com.