June 28, 2016

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2 people hospitalized after crash in Montville Twp.

By Steve Grazier and Loren Genson

MONTVILLE TWP. — The headlights of the sedan, eastbound on Poe Road, appear on the right side of the video.

Seconds later, a semitrailer, heading north on state Route 57, is seen rapidly approaching the intersection.

The horrific crash that followed at 7:10 a.m. Friday was captured by a surveillance camera mounted at the corner, outside the Montville Township Safety Service Center.

The driver of the Buick sedan, James G. Sell, 63, of Wadsworth, was taken to Medina Hospital and later to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, where he was reported in critical condition Friday evening.

The driver of the tractor-trailer, Thomas D. States, 69, of Brunswick, was taken to Akron General Hospital and listed in stable condition Friday evening.

The crash sent the sedan careening into a Medina County Achievement Center school bus, headed south on Route 57.

The driver of the school bus, Myra Boysko, and her passenger, Linda Schmetzer, were the only occupants of the school bus. Both women were uninjured.

Montville police Sgt. Chris LaFond, said Sell, a corrections officer at the Medina County Jail, went through a stop sign.

But LaFond said it is possible Sell had suffered a medical emergency or his brakes malfunctioned.

The video shows a road maintenance truck spraying salt at the intersection moments before the crash.

Medina Fire Chief Bob Painter said it took about a dozen firefighters 40 minutes to remove Sell from his car.

The semitrailer was hauling sand for PGT construction of North Royalton. The sand spilled out of the truck.

The intersection was closed for about seven hours Friday while the scene was cleaned up.

Road conditions worsened throughout the day. Police departments around the county said Friday evening that there were numerous fender-bender accidents, but no injuries.

One accident Friday night shut down the intersection of state Route 94 and Granger Road in Granger Township.

“It’s crash city out there,” said a dispatcher at the Medina post of the Ohio Highway Patrol.

Gazette reporter Nick Glunt contributed to this report.
Contact reporter Steve Grazier at (330) 721-4012 or sgrazier@medina-gazette.com.
Contact reporter Loren Genson at (330) 721-4063 or lgenson@medina-gazette.com.

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