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Driver transported by helicopter to Cleveland after North Kingsville crash


Driver of van possibly ill before plowing into car dealership.

William A. West

NORTH KINGSVILLE_A woman was seriously injured after crashing her vehicle into several cars on the Greg Sweet Ford dealership lot Friday evening.
North Kingsville fire Chief Kevin Hubbard said the woman was traveling east in the westbound lane on East Center Street (U.S. Route 20) in a Dodge Caravan just before 7:45 p.m., when she ran off the north side of the road for an unknown reason.
Her van struck the back ends of several vehicles at the front of the Greg Sweet lot and hit a light pole.

A Dodge Caravan van suffered heavy front-end damage after crashing into a number of vehicles Friday evening at the Greg Sweet Ford dealership in North Kingsville.

The van continued traveling east and crashed into another Dodge Caravan, moving the parked van about 10 to 15 feet, and then came to a grinding halt.
 It was reported that the woman had been driving in the oncoming lane of U.S. Route 20 for about a half-mile, and didn’t brake before crashing into the car lot.

The woman’s van is owned by PTI, Professional Transportation Inc., which is based out of Evansville, Ind.
 Crews from North Kingsville, Kingsville, Sheffield and Plymouth Township responded to the scene. Plymouth firefighters established zone for a medical helicopter. 
Hubbard said the woman was trapped inside the vehicle, and needed to be extricated using a Hurst tool. He described her injuries as “serious,”.
She had a visible head injury and was “going in and out of consciousness”, Hubbard said.
 A University Hospitals MedEvac helicopter landed in a field just east of the dealership. The victim was transferred from an ambulance to the helicopter. The helicopter lifted off about 8:30 p.m. and transported the patient to MetroHealth Hospital in Cleveland. 
The dealership was closed at the time of the accident.

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