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Two hospitalized, girl in 'extreme critical' condition after six-car Elyria wreck

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    First responders cover spilled diesel fuel with dust after a six vehicle crash, including a tow truck, at Cleveland Street and State Route 57 Sunday afternoon where four people were transported to the hospital and diesel fuel was spilled across the intersection.

    ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

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    Elyria Police and fire departments respond to a six vehicle crash, including a tow truck, at Cleveland Street and State Route 57 Sunday afternoon where four people were transported to the hospital and diesel fuel was spilled across the intersection.

    ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

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ELYRIA — A 6-year-old girl is in “extreme critical” condition from injuries she sustained in a multiple-vehicle crash just before 2 p.m. at the intersection of state Route 57 and Cleveland Street.

LifeCare vice president Herb de la Porte said he had no updated information on the child, but said the girl suffered serious injuries.

One adult female also was transported to University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center before being transported to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland.

Two other victims were treated for non-life-threatening injuries, de la Porte said.

Shortly before 2 p.m., a 911 call reported the multiple-vehicle crash.

When fire and police personnel arrived, they found six vehicles involved in the crash, including a non-commercial truck carrying diesel fuel in a sealed container. However, due to the impact of the crash, the container was ejected and broke open, causing the diesel to spill.

Oil Dri, an industrial-strength soaking substance, was applied to the street, police Capt. Chris Costantino said.

Mikayla Keating and Philip McCall, both independent contractors with Body Revolution Tattoos, which is at the intersection where the crash took place, said they heard tires squeal before the crash.

Keating then called 911.

“I saw it go down, and it wasn’t good,” Keating said. “I feel so sad for the families, but I was so impressed with how fast the fire and police departments arrived.”

It was after the crash when the two began smelling fuel and made the decision to send home clients just in case the fuel ignited.

“It was a safety issue,” McCall said.

Traffic was diverted for several hours while crews cleared the intersection.

The incident is under investigation by the Elyria Fire and Police departments.

Contact Melissa Linebrink at 329-7243 or mlinebrink@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter @MLinebrinkCT.



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