LORAIN — Two men were injured in a two-vehicle crash Wednesday afternoon.
Lorain police and fire responded about 4:30 p.m. to two vehicles rolled over near East Erie and Arizona avenues. Closing the Bascule Bridge to stop traffic flowing into the area, crews worked to extricate a man from a Honda sedan that was on its side between a light pole and the Subway sign across from Arizona Avenue. The other vehicle was on its top near the bridge entrance.
“We actually called for additional manpower because we had two vehicles in the condition they were in,” fire Capt. Frank Griffith said.
Griffith said he arrived first at the car closest to the bridge, where the driver — its only occupant — had crawled out of the vehicle and was walking around. After checking on him, Griffith said he moved on to the vehicle on its side farther down the street.
Crews had to cut the top of that car off to get the driver out, but the man was alert and conscious while firefighters worked on the vehicle, Griffith said. He was only person in the vehicle.
Both men were taken to Mercy Regional Medical Center in Lorain.
“Our crews did an outstanding job getting everybody out,” Griffith said. “I’m proud of them.”
Matthew Orozco and Daniel Hayslip were working at the Riveredge Drive Thru Beverage on East Avenue when the crash occurred.
“This is the first time something like this has happened,” Orozco said.
In talking to other drivers who stopped at the drive-thru to watch the investigation or reroute around the closed bridge, Hayslip heard the car closest to the bridge may have had a mechanical issue before the crash.
Orozco added, “I’m just glad neither one of them had kids in the car.”
The crash is under investigation by Lorain police.