June 27, 2016


Crash victim trapped for two hours

HARRISVILLE TWP. — Two people were injured and one was flown by helicopter to Akron City Hospital after a crash at the U.S. Route 224 and Richman Road Sunday

Ohio Highway Patrol Sgt. Cliffton  Dowell said a van carrying two people collided with a water truck at about 4:30 p.m.

The water truck was southbound on Richman Road, which has stop signs. The van was travelling west on U.S. Route 224. The water truck was not carrying any water.

The driver of the van, Samantha Pankuch, 19, of Seville, was able to get out of her vehicle. She was taken to Lodi Community Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, Dowell said.

But it took almost two hours for firefighters and emergency personnel to remove Cody Scruggs,  19, of Medina, from the van.

Scruggs sustained a severe leg injury and was flown to Akron City Hospital, Dowell said.

The hospital reported Scruggs was in serious condition Monday.

Dowell did not have the name of the truck’s driver, who was uninjured.

The intersection was closed for more than two hours while crews cleared the crash scene.

Departments that responded included the Ohio Highway Patrol, Westfield Township Fire and Rescue, Town and Country, the Chatham Township fire department, Lodi police, the Lodi fire department and the Medina County Sheriff’s Office.

Contact reporter Kiera Manion-Fischer at (330) 721-4049 or kfischer@medina-gazette.com.