by Dave O'Brien | Reporter
The Ohio Highway Patrol is investigating a two-vehicle crash on the Ohio Turnpike in Shalersville that sent a 72-year-old man to a Cleveland hospital on Jan. 14.
Lt. Kevin Grimm, spokesman for the Streetsboro Fire Department, said firefighters got the call at 2:51 p.m. for the crash in the eastbound lanes of the Ohio Turnpike near mile marker 191, just inside the Shalersville border.
Trooper Charles Ivory of the highway patrol's Hiram post said the victim was driving a Lexus SUV that struck the back of a semi truck that was stopped in a turnpike emergency pull-off area.
No one else was injured, he said.
The patient was pinned in his vehicle but extricated in approximately 15 minutes, Grimm said.
Authorities then shut down the eastbound lanes for 30 minutes while a MetroHealth Medical Center LifeFlight helicopter landed.
The patient was transported to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, Grimm said.
The patient's condition was not immediately available.
The SUV suffered heavy damage, Ivory said.
Ivory said the driver was wearing a seatbelt, which likely saved his life.
Firefighters cleared the scene at 3:46 p.m., Grimm said.
The crash remains under investigation by troopers at the Hiram post.
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