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Girl injured in six-car crash remains critical with broken leg, brain bleeding

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    Alia Bailey, 6, was critically injured in a six-car crash at Route 57 and Cleveland Street on Sunday.

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    A four-image panorama shows the intersection of Route 57 and Cleveland Street where a six-car crash sent multiple people to the hospital Sunday.

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    Donald Buchs

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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.

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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.

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

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Police charged Donald Buchs, 24, of Elyria, with operating a vehicle while intoxicated after he appeared to be under the influence of either drugs or alcohol, said police Capt. Chris Costantino. A blood sample taken from Buchs after the crash will be tested to determine the level and type of impairment, Costantino said.

Juan Bailey, the father of Alia, 6, said the girl and her mother, Nancy Burnett, were on their way to have lunch at Long John Silver’s when the crash occurred.

Juan Bailey said Alia is in stable, but critical condition. She has a bleed around her brain and a broken right femur. Bailey said doctors are waiting for the swelling to go down in her brain before they can operate on her leg.

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Alia Bailey, 6, was critically injured in a six-car crash at Route 57 and Cleveland Street on Sunday.

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Burnett broke her right leg in multiple places from the crash, Bailey said, and had just gotten out of surgery Monday afternoon.

“Our main concern is our 6-year-old,” Bailey said. “We hope and pray, hope and pray.”

Alia Bailey is a first-grader at Grindstone Elementary School in Berea and involved in soccer, dance classes, and Girl Scouts. She has a 16-year-old brother, Charles Bailey. A GoFundMe account has been set up for the family.

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A four-image panorama shows the intersection of Route 57 and Cleveland Street where a six-car crash sent multiple people to the hospital Sunday.

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Six vehicles were involved in the crash, five of which were stopped at red lights.

Burnett, 47, of Berea, was in a 2015 Ford Explorer was stopped at the light while in the left turn lane of southbound Route 57. Orie Rollyson, 49, of Elyria, was next to her in a 1994 International flat bed tow truck. Ronald Zidek 71, of Elyria, was next to Rollyson in a 2016 Nissan Rogue.

Stopped in the northbound lanes were James Hoyt, 44, of Grafton, in a 2003 Dodge Durango and Katrina Mitchell, 27, of Lorain, in a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu.

Police said Buchs, who was driving a Ford F-150, failed to maintain assured clear distance and struck the rear of both Burnett’s and Rollyson’s vehicles. Rollyson’s vehicle was pushed into the driver’s side of Zidek’s vehicle and Burnett’s vehicle continued through the intersection and struck both Hoyt and Mitchell’s vehicles in the front ends.

Buchs continued through the intersection, striking a curb and continuing off the road, stopping after striking a chain link fence.

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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.

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Buchs told police he was not injured during the crash. A diesel fuel tank attached to the bed of Buchs’ pickup truck was damaged during the crash and leaked about 74 gallons of diesel fuel into the roadway, closing it for about three hours, Costantino said.

Burnett and her daughter Alia were both flown to Cleveland Metro Health Medical Center.

Tracy Hoyt, a passenger in the Dodge Durango, broke her leg in the accident and was taken to University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center for treatment. A passenger in Buchs’ truck, Leslie Jackson, 19, was also taken to the Elyria hospital for minor injuries.

The accident is under investigation. Costantino said.

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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.

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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.

Contact Jodi Weinberger at 329-7245 or jweinberger@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter @Jodi_Weinberger.



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