Woman extricated from van, flown to hospital after hitting semi head on

CARLISLE TOWNSHIP, Ohio - A woman was extricated from her van after she hit a fork lift and a parked semi truck on Oberlin Elyria Road in Carlisle Township on Monday, according to TMC News.

Lieutenant Carlos Smith of the Ohio State Highway Patrol told TMC News that the driver of a Chevrolet Uplander was driving on the road Monday morning when she hit a Sugar Ridge Towing fork lift. The car hit the front of the fork lift, spun around and then smashed into the front of a parked semi, Smith said to TMC.

The driver of the semi was not in the truck, but a passenger was asleep in the back part of the cab when the van rolled and hit the semi head on, troopers told TMC.

TMC said the passenger in the semi happened to be a paramedic from a fire department near Mansfield, and she tended to the driver before LifeCare Paramedics and Carlisle Township Firefighters could get on scene.

The driver was alert and talking, but due to the cause of the injury, LifeCare Supervisor Mike Bridge told TMC they decided to have her flown to a Cleveland hospital.

Carlisle Township firefighters extricated the driver and LifeCare transported her to an awaiting helicopter at the Lorain County Airport, according to TMC.

Oberlin Elyria Road remains closed at Alameda while state troopers investigate.

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