CARLISLE TWP. — One woman was injured after a rollover crash involving a Sugar Ridge Auto Recycling Inc. forklift and a semi tractor-trailer on Oberlin-Elyria Road about 11:30 a.m. Monday.
The driver was traveling southbound on Oberlin-Elyria Road near Alameda Drive when an operator of a forklift had a part of the fork jutting into the road, according to Ohio Highway Patrol Elyria Post Commander Lt. Carlos Smith.
The driver hit the fork and lost control, hitting a parked semi tractor-trailer truck on the side of the road before landing on its driver’s side, Smith said.
The van the woman was driving was found missing its bumper and engine hood dented and missing headlights. Emergency officials cut through the roof of the vehicle open to free her.
Dorothy Brown, the significant other of the owner of Kick Farms Trucking, Mike Kick, was asleep in the semi that was hit, but was uninjured. Brown, a volunteer for the West Holmes Fire District in Lakeville, went to help the van’s driver after waking from the crash.
“When I realized what happened, I got out and leapt into action,” Brown said.
Brown said the woman was conscious but scared, in pain and confused about the situation.
Sugar Ridge Auto Recycling declined to comment at the time of the incident. The driver of the van was reportedly taken by Life Flight from the scene to Cleveland MetroHealth Medical Center. As of late Monday, her name had not been released.