October 24, 2014

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Woman trapped more than an hour after SUV rolled over

LIVERPOOL TWP. — A Grafton woman was flown to a Cleveland hospital Wednesday morning after flipping her sport utility vehicle near Grafton and West River roads.

Rescue workers attempt to free an Elyria woman from a Dodge Durango on Wednesday morning after the vehicle flipped on Grafton Road in Liverpool Township. The accident occurred about 7:20 a.m. near West River Road. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY STEVE GRAZIER)

Rescue workers attempt to free an Elyria woman from a Dodge Durango on Wednesday morning after the vehicle flipped on Grafton Road in Liverpool Township. The accident occurred about 7:20 a.m. near West River Road. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY STEVE GRAZIER)

Karen Durbin-Sasack, 47, lost control of her eastbound 2002 Dodge Durango on Grafton Road. The SUV slid into a ditch, hit a tree head-on and flipped about 7:20 a.m., according to Trooper Nick Clemens of the Ohio Highway Patrol’s Medina post.

“There weren’t any skid marks, and she was out of control when she left the roadway,” said Clemens, who noted rain and wind likely were factors in the accident.

There were no passengers in the SUV, Clemens said. The roof and dashboard of the Durango col­lapsed and pinned Durbin­-Sasack’s legs, making it difficult for rescuers to remove her, he said.

“She was trapped in the car for about an hour and 20 minutes,” Clemens said.

Rescue crews worked to remove Durbin-Sasack from the vehicle while waiting for an emergency helicopter to arrive from Cleve­land MetroHealth Medical Center. Windy weather delayed the heli­copter from flying to the accident scene, a rescuer said.

A MetroHealth spokeswoman would only say that Durbin-Sasack has been admitted.

Clemens said Durbin-Sasack was conscious and alert at the scene. She was wearing a seat belt. In addition to the patrol, agencies responding to the crash included the Valley City Fire Department and Medina County Sheriff’s Office.

Contact Steve Grazier (330) 721-4012 or sgrazier@medina-gazette.com.