Josh Elerick, 21, was airlifted by STAT MedEvac to St. Elizabeth’s Health Center in Youngstown after colliding with Jose Ramos, 24, on state Route 344 about 7:20 p.m. Friday. Ramos was also taken by Leetonia EMS to St. Elizabeth’s. Both motorcyclists are residents of Leetonia. Preliminary reports from Trooper Kevin Thompson indicate both were westbound on state Route 344 and collided west of state Route 11 overpass. Both cyclists were ejected from their bikes and neither one was wearing a helmet. Morning Journal/Patti Schaeffer
All together, now
Connie Sams, 75, Alliance, was cited for failure to control and taken to the Salem Regional Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries after this crash Friday afternoon. According to the highway patrol, Sams was eastbound on Teegarden Road near Camp Road in Hanover Township around 1:30 p.m. when the 2014 Dodge Dart RT she was driving went off the right side of the road and into an embankment, the sidewalk culvert, and then overturned. Sams was extricated from the vehicle by Hanover Township firefighters. Morning Journal/Patti Schaeffer
Search ends in tragedy
The body of missing pilot, Willard Olds, 83, of Western Reserve Road in Salem is escorted up from the ravine where his plane lays by Carroll County Coroner Investigator, Darcy Boylan and Coroner Mandal B. Haas, M.D. along with Carrollton and Fox Township firefighters. Morning Journal/Patti Schaeffer
Into the carport
A 29-year-old Salem man was injured Thursday when his vehicle crashed into a carport at a home on state Route 517 in Fairfield Township.
According to the highway patrol, Clint R. Eisnnicher was eastbound on Route 517, traveled left of center in his 2003 Dodge Caravan and continued off the left side of the road, striking several trees and a Chevrolet S10 parked in the carport at the home of Verna Cope, 44550 state Route 517.
The crash that occurred shortly after noon did not injure anyone in the attached house.
New Waterford firefighters responded to the crash and temporarily stabilized the carport so the car could be removed by Steve's Towing.
Trooper Eric Carroll is investigating the crash assisted by Sgt. Ron Cox.
Eisnnicher, who had non life-threatening injuries, was taken by Columbiana EMS to Salem Regional Medical Center. He was cited for failure to control and failure to reinstate his license. Morning Journal/Patti Schaeffer
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Neither snow, nor rain...
Thomas Orfin, 68, of Cortland escaped injury after reportedly losing the brakes in his 2001 Dodge Caravan while coming down state Route 154, rolling over and coming to a stop by striking the walkway and ramp entrance to the Elkton Post Office. Trooper Eric Carroll of the highway patrol is investigating the crash which happened around 2 p.m. as Orfin, a vendor at the Rogers Sale, was returning home. Postal clerk Lori Ensell had to temporarily close the post office Friday. Lisbon Postmaster John Morris was also on scene to assess damage and make sure everyone was uninjured. Orfin was cited for operating an unsafe vehicle. Morning Journal/Patti Schaeffer
Morning Journal/Patti Schaeffer
It's been said that 13 is an unlucky number and James Bumbarger most likely feels this way after his over-sized load of fracking coil didn't pass through the 13-foot clearance under the Youngstown-Southeastern Railroad Co.'s train trestle Wednesday afternoon. The 1930s-built bridge trestle was ripped off the overpass and fell onto state Route 558 in Fairfield Township blocking it completely. According to highway patrol trooper Michael Smith, a tractor-trailer driven by Bumbarger, 43, of Phillipsburg, Pa., was eastbound on Route 558 hauling a large fracking coil. The coil, made up of steel tubing, was too high for the overpass and tore most of it down, leaving just a strand of track. Bumbarger, driving for Allison Crane and Rigging, was cited for assured clear distance ahead. Route 558 was expected to be closed at least until this morning.
Route 11 accident
Tonya Sutter, 35, of Wellsville was transported by North Star ambulance to East Liverpool hospital after crashing her 2000 Chevy Lumina into the West Point exit sign off the south bound lane of state Route 11 around 1:15 p.m Wednesday. The two children in the car, ages 4 and 7 years old, were not transported. Trooper Eric Carroll of the highway patrol is investigating the accident. The West Point Fire Department responded to the scene. Morning Journal/Patti Schaeffer
Sunday afternoon crash
Six people were taken to area hospitals following a two-car crash on state Route 14 in Unity Township just before 2 p.m. Sunday. Highway patrol trooper Jared Paine is investigating the crash where preliminary reports indicate 20-year-old Autumn Davis of Washingtonville was eastbound in a 1999 Chevrolet Cavalier and traveled left of center, spun around and collided with a westbound 2014 Chevrolet Malibu driven by 32-year-old Tania Reddick of Ambridge, Pa. Reddick and another passenger in her rental car were transported to St. Elizabeth's in Youngstown and the other three passengers were transported to St. Elizabeth's in Boardman. Davis was also transported to the Boardman hospital. All of the injuries are reported to be non-life threatening. Davis was cited for an unsafe vehicle. Firefighters and EMS personnel from New Waterford and East Palestine tended to the injured before transporting them to the hospitals. Morning Journal/Patti Schaeffer
Nellie Roe, 69, of Leetonia walked away with a bag of her possessions from a roll over crash on state Route 14 Thursday afternoon. Roe was northbound and went off the right side of the road just past the entrance to Catalpa Farms. Witnesses say the vehicle rolled two or three times before coming to rest on its wheels. Columbiana Fire and EMS responded to the crash. Roe refused treatment, and the fire department disconnected the battery. Trooper Brian DePizzo of the Canfield Post of the Highway Patrol is investigating the crash. Morning Journal/Patti Schaeffer
From delete gallery
Greg Phillips of Negley was a airlifted by STAT MedEvac to St. Elizabeth’s Health Center in Youngstown following an early evening crash in front of Southern Local High School that caused his 1995 Jeep Wrangler to roll onto its side. According to highway patrol trooper Kevin Thompson, Phillips was traveling east on state Route 39 when he was struck by Tariq A. Larkins, 22, of East Liverpool who traveled left of center in a Buick Regal. Larkins was taken into custody by the Columbiana County Sheriff’s Department for outstanding warrants in both Columbiana County and the state of New Jersey, where he previously resided. The warrant from Columbiana County was issued this week for failure to appear in court on a 12-point driver’s license suspension. A passenger in Larkins’ car, Satin Foster, 22, also of East Liverpool was transported by Lifeteam Ambulance to East Liverpool City Hospital. Morning Journal/Patti Schaeffer
A young man was flown to Pittsburgh Presbyterian Hospital after a two-car collision on state Route 39 at the intersection of Oak Ridge Road just north of Wellsville at about 6:30 p.m. Friday. He was driving a Plymouth Neon. Also involved was a Jeep Grand Cherokee. Highlandtown and Wellsville firefighters responded along with the highway patrol. Trooper Kevin Thompson is investigating the crash with the assistance of Trooper Neil Everett. Morning Journal/Patti Schaeffer
Drivers forced to swim to safety
Trooper Eric Carroll of the highway patrol does a final check of a 2002 Pontiac Sunfire, owned by Delmer Knauff of Fourth Street, Salem, which was left abandoned when it tried to traverse the flood waters over Lisbon Road in Franklin Square. This was the second car to became stranded trying to drive through that area Friday. A resident at a neighboring house said a man and woman got out of the car and climbed to safety. Morning Journal/Patti Schaeffer
Sixty-five-year-old Albert Bragg of East Liverpool was airlifted by STAT MedEvac to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) following a single-vehicle crash on state Route 7 just before noon Friday. According to the investigating trooper Eric Carroll, Bragg was southbound on state Route 7 and went left of center continuing off the left side of the road where he struck the embankment of a ditch and rolled over landing upright on the wheels. Bragg was not wearing a seatbelt and struck the windshield. West Point Fire Department extricated Bragg and he was transported by North Star Critical Care to Beaver Local High School to the helicopter. Lisbon and Negley Fire departments assisted West Point with traffic control shutting down state Route 7 for about an hour. Trooper Eric Derrington is assisting Carroll with the investigation. Morning Journal/Patti Schaeffer
Twenty-four-year-old Paul Zook was transported with serious injuries by Maple Cotton Ambulance to Aultman Hospital in Canton following a single car crash on state Route 644 north of Summitville. Franklin Township Firefighters helped to extricate Zook who was northbound when he lost control of his Nissan Altima near the intersection of Willard Road. Above, Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper Race Baker investigates the crash with the assistance of Trooper Brian Kavanagh.
Vinnie Barbone and his family thought a nearby gas well had exploded shortly after midnight on Saturday. But as they looked outdoors, they discovered what was left of a Pontiac Grand Am laying in their back yard at 9061 Warren-Salem Road.
They also found two men, 21-year-old Canfield residents Andrew Franklin and Michael McDonald, who had been ejected from the car. Amazingly, both men were conscious and transported by Damascus Fire/EMS to St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Youngstown. After sideswiping a tree and rolling numerous times, the car came to rest over 1,000 feet from the roadway with the engine, shown left, stopping in the neighbor’s backyard another 100-feet beyond the car. Highway Patrol Trooper Timothy Dobbins, of the Canfield post, is investigating the crash. Citations are pending against the driver, Franklin. Morning Journal/Patti Schaeffer
A woman was transported by Leetonia Fire/EMS to St. Elizabeth’s Health Center in Youngstown following a single-vehicle accident on state Route 164 south of Beeson-Mill Road just before 8:30 a.m. Monday. According to patrol trooper Mike Smith, the woman was traveling south on state Route 164 in a 2001 Nissan Altima and drove off the right side of the road, striking a culvert. The woman had to be extricated by Leetonia firefighters. Steve’s Towing also assisted in pulling car to the road surface so she could be removed from the vehicle. The name was of the driver was not available. The car is owned by Willis Barnhart of Columbiana. The accident remains under investigation. Morning journal/Patti Schaeffer
Accident reconstruction specialist, Trooper Todd Jester investigates a fatal accident Sunday night on U.S. 30. Allen Coe, 77, of Lisbon was killed while operating this motorized mobility scooter when he was struck from behind by a woman driving the 2005 Ford Taurus. Morning Journal/Patti Schaeffer
Leetonia and Columbiana Fire Departments along with Leetonia Fire/EMS and KLG ambulances responded to a crash where three vehicles came to rest in a ditch off the west bound lane of state Route 558 between Fairfield School and Lower Elkton Roads shortly before 8:30 a.m. Monday. Preliminary investigations by the Sgt. Thompson of the Highway Patrol indicate that the dark blue Pontiac G6 slid off the road coming to a stop in the ditch. Deborah See, 58 of East Palestine driving the white Pontiac Vibe had slowed down for the G6 when she was struck from the back by Cory Wiley, 25, of New Middletown driving the Ford F-150 pick-up that ended up in ditch in front of See. A passenger in Wiley’s truck was transported with minor injuries to the hospital by KLG ambulance. Morning Journal/Patti Schaeffer
According to Trooper Dylon King of the State Highway Patrol, Dianna Marquis, 25, Randel Road, Hanoverton, was traveling west on state Route 39 in Washington Township near state Route 164 around 4:17 p.m. Saturday and was coming around a curve when she lost control of her Chevrolet Cavalier, drove off the right side of the road, struck a tree and spun around. Highlandtown fire crews cut off the roof of her car to free her. She was taken by Lifeteam Ambulance to East Liverpool City Hospital. Her injuries were not life threatening. Charges are pending. Salineville fire and police also assisted at the scene.
Leetonia and Columbiana fire departments responded to a car fire in the northbound land of state Route 11 under the state Route 344 underpass just after 3:30 p.m. Friday. Rick Casteel of Akron said he was driving a 1999 Buick LeSabre that he and his chase driver had just picked up in Calcutta, on their way to the Akron Auto Auction, when smoke started coming through the vents. Casteel pulled over to find the car on fire. Highway Patrol Trooper Jodi Bowlen is investigating. Morning Journal/Patti Schaeffer
Highway patrol Sgt. Craig Monte talks with Darlene Ingledue after she wrecked at the intersection of Gamble and Sell roads in Center Township Tuesday evening. Two people were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Morning Journal/Patti Schaeffer
Thirty-year-old Amanda Carrigan of Wheeling, W.Va. was cited for OVI and assured clear distance after driving her 2001 Honda Civic into the back of a semi tractor-trailer on state Route 11 Saturday afternoon. Justin Childs, 39, of Hackett, Ark. was driving his 2013 Freightliner northbound on state Route 11 when he was reportedly hit from behind and actually pushed forward by Carrigan’s car. Childs was not injured in the crash, and Carrigan, who was reportedly recovering from a medical procedure earlier in the week, refused transport to the hospital. Leetonia Fire/EMS responded to the crash. Leetonia medics bandaged Carrigan’s injuries at the scene and encouraged her to get further immediate medical attention. After refusing transport, Carrigan was given a field sobriety test, shown above, by troopers Jodi Bolen and Brian Kavanagh at the scene and taken into custody where she was transported to the Lisbon Post for a urine test. Morning Journal/Patti Schaeffer
Mary R. LaMarra, 69, of Salineville was transported by KLG ambulance to Salem Regional Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries after a single-car crash Tuesday afternoon on state Route 45 just south of McCracken Corners near Salem. Traffic was halted in both directions for a little more than an hour. Leetonia firefighters/EMS had to extricate LaMarra from her Chevy Equinox. The extrication was affected by the fact that none of the airbags in LaMarra's vehicle had deployed, making it a more detailed cutting operation to get her out safely. According to the highway patrol, the vehicle was southbound on Route 45 and crossed over the northbound lane, coming to a stop in the ditch. LaMarra was wearing her safety belt. Trooper Race Baker is investigating the accident. Morning Journal/Patti Schaeffer
Leetonia firefighters and EMS personnel work to extricate Flora Broaka of Union Street, Washingtonville, following a rollover crash at state Route 344 and Lisbon-Canfield Road shortly after 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. Broaka was a passenger in the 2007 Chrysler Aspen driven by 61-year-old James Hurst, also of Union Street, Washingtonville. Broaka was taken to Salem Regional Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. Also taken to SRMC with minor injuries were Keith and Kenny Pokorny of Leetonia and David Pokorny of Salem. State trooper Nicholas Clayton is investigating the accident in which the 2007 Chrysler Aspen driven by Hurst, travelling on Lisbon-Canfield Road, failed to yield the right of way at the Route 344 intersection, colliding with a 1996 Buick Regal driven by David Pokorny. At the right, Keith Pokorny holds up his arm to stem bleeding in a cut on his hand. Morning Journal/Patti Schaeffer
Leetonia Police Chief John Soldano, right, talks with the son of Douglas Illig, Sr., during an altercation in the village on Wednesday. (LEETONIA— A Walnut Street man is wanted for felonious assault for allegedly shooting at his son during an altercation between the two Wednesday afternoon when Columbia Gas employees attempted to terminate service to his home.) Morning Journal/Patti Schaeffer
William Lanzendorfer of Leetonia was one of the many unlucky motorists who fell victim to the icy roads brought on by Friday morning’s sudden snowfall. Sgt. Craig Monte of the highway patrol is investigating the Leetonia Road crash, which didn’t cause any injuries but resulted in extensive damage to the Chrysler New Yorker Lanzendorfer was driving. Morning Journal/Patti Schaeffer
A 47-year-old Fairfield Township woman was seriously injured in an ATV accident Saturday near her home. Karen E. Painter of Roberts Road, Leetonia, was flown to St. Elizabeth’s in Youngstown with serious head injuries after the accident at 1:45 p.m. at the intersection of Roberts and Lodge Road. According to the highway patrol, Cindy Hoy, Miller Road, Leetonia, was driving a car west on Lodge Road. As she neared the intersection with Roberts Road, patrol Sgt. Craig Monte said, the ATV operated by Painter turned from Roberts onto Lodge in front of her. The two vehicles attempted to avoid each other, Monte said, and the ATV tipped over. The vehicles did not collide and there was no damage to the car, Monte said. Leetonia Fire/EMS also responded to the scene, as did a STAT MedEvac helicopter. The accident is still under investigation. Morning Journal/Patti Schaeffer
Perry Township police and fire assisted by Damascus Fire and EMS transported 25-year-old Brooke Penick of Salem to Salem Regional Medical Center where she died from her injuries following a single-vehicle crash on U.S. 62 just west of Salem. Penick along with Steve Bell, 27, also of Salem were both ejected from the 1999 Chevy Lumina that overturned at least two times. Morning Journal/Patti Schaeffer
The driver of this semi was not seriously injured when it rolled over on state Route 11 Friday afternoon. No other vehicles were involved and passing traffic was routed to one lane while the state Highway Patrol investigated. Morning Journal/Katie Schwendeman
Patrol trooper Vic Wolfe investigates a fatal crash on state Route 172 near Guilford Lake early Wednesday. — A 23-year-old Guilford Lake-area man, John Guappone, was killed early Wednesday in a single-vehicle accident on state Route 172 in Hanover Township. Morning Journal/Patti Schaeffer
Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers and lab officials record the details of a fatal crash with multiple injuries on state Route 518, just west of state Route 164 in Gavers Sunday. Three people in the 2006 Chevrolet Equinox were pronounced dead at the scene following the head-on accident which involved two SUVs. Eight others were taken to Salem, Akron Children’s and Canton hospitals and St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Youngstown, with four of those being flown by STAT MedEvac to UPMC Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh. Franklin Township, Salineville and West Point fire departments responded to the scene along with North Star, Tri-County and KLG Ambulances. Morning Journal/Patti Schaeffer
Weather conditions contributed to a single-vehicle crash on state Route 45, north of Lisbon, just before 3 a.m. Sunday. Erin Lamb of Leetonia was the driver of a northbound 2007 Dodge Ram pick-up owned by Trevor Speigle of Salem that went off the right side of the road striking a utility pole and knocking down wires. Lamb and her three passengers were not injured in the crash. Sheriff’s Deputy Caleb Wycoff discovered the crash while driving on state Route 45. Leetonia Fire/EMS responded to the crash. State Highway Patrol Trooper Vic Wolfe is investigating the crash. Morning Journal/Patti Schaeffer
David Winters of Columbiana was taken to St. Ellzabeth's in Youngstown by Leetonia EMS after wrecking on Lisbon-Canfield Road just south of state Route 14 near Washingtonville Thursday evening. He lost control of his 1994 Buick Roadmaster and took out a pole and some trees. Patrol trooper Jody Bolen is investigating. Trooper Eric Derrington said charges are pending. Morning Journal/Patti Schaeffer
Trooper Kyle Shirer and Sgt. Mike Warner of the highway patrol's Cambridge district inventory the vehicle of Gregory Shannon, the victim of an apparent suicide Wednesday at Beaver Creek State Park. Morning Journal/Patti Schaeffer
Highway patrol Sgt. Craig Monte and trooper Kevin Thompson investigate a single vehicle rollover crash Wednesday on state Route 7 that claimed the life of a 43-year-old Rogers man, Jack E. Artrup, and injured his passenger, Pamela S. Bradds, 45, also of Rogers. The patrol said the vehicle was northbound when it went off the right side of the road just north of the Middle Beaver Road intersection shortly before 6 p.m. The car struck a guardrail, continued through the weeds and then cut back up the embankment and across the road, striking some trees and overturning. Artrup was pronounced dead at the scene. Bradds was flown by LifeFlight helicopter to Allegheny General in Pittsburgh with non-life threatening injuries. Alcohol use is suspected and seat belts were not used, the patrol said. Lisbon firefighters and Tri-County Ambulance responded to the scene, and West Point firefighters set up the landing zone. Lisbon firefighter Kurt Gresh is also shown in this photo. Morning Journal/Patti Schaeffer
Two Salem residents were airlifted by STAT MedEvac to St. Elizabeth's Health Center in Youngstown following a crash with an Allied Waste Services garbage truck in front of 333 Benton Road, Salem, shortly before 2 a.m. Friday. Perry Township firefighters extricated the car's driver, John Treleven, 28 and his passenger, Tamara Pittman, 32. The driver of the garbage truck, Jesse Chidester, 42, of East Palestine, was gathering trash and not in the truck at the time of impact. KLG Ambulance personnel transported the victims to awaiting helicopters on the Salem bypass. Perry Township and Salem police provided traffic control, closing down Benton Road and the bypass during the crash. Charges are pending, said patrol trooper Vic Wolfe who is investigating the crash. Morning Journal/Patti Schaeffer
Coroner's investigator Brandi Phillips, left, joins highway patrol troopers and East Palestine and Negley firefighters at the scene of a head-on crash on state Route 170 just south of Negley. An East Liverpool woman was killed Saturday in a two-car collision on state Route 170 just south of Negley. Jacqueline P. Werling was the front seat passenger in a Mitsubishi Montero driven by her husband, Melvin D. Werling. Morning Journal/Patti Schaeffer
Alcohol is not allowed in a state park. But it appears that this bottle of liquor-Jose Cuervo to be exact-may have played a role in an incident at Beaver Creek State Park that sent a woman to East Liverpool City Hospital on Wednesday. Morning Journal/Patti Schaeffer
A woman and her infant daughter were taken to Akron Children’s Hospital after a single-car accident south of Leetonia at about 8 p.m. Tuesday. Patrol trooper Brian Kavanagh said the westbound car driven by Steffanie Johns, 25, of Leetonia Road, went off the right side of Crestview Road, struck an embankment and rolled over, landing on its roof in front of 39933 Crestview Road. Kavanagh, who is investigating the crash, said alcohol was a factor. Morning Journal/Patti Schaeffer