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Ypsilanti man in critical condition after being crushed under semi and hit by 2nd vehicle

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Posted at 10:48 AM, Nov 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-03 09:28:32-05

LORAIN COUNTY, Ohio (WXYZ) — A Michigan man is in critical condition after a three vehicle serious injury crash in Ohio Saturday morning.

Around 6:14 a.m. on the Ohio Turnpike, a 31-year-old Ypsilanti man driving a 2016 Ford Focus Hatchback struck the rear of a moving semi and got stuck under the trailer, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

The semi pulled off the side of the road with the Ford Focus Hatchback still stuck under the trailer, but was not able to get the Ford out of the travel lanes. Officers say a second commercial vehicle – also traveling eastbound on the Ohio Turnpike near mile post 135 in Lorain County – then hit the rear of the Ford Focus, crushing the Ypsilanti man between the two commercial vehicles.

The Ypsilanti man was trapped in his vehicle and had to be extricated. Once removed from the damage, Metro Life Flight flew 31-year-old Scott Vanness to Cleveland Metro Hospital. Investigators say Vanness "suffered incapacitating injuries." He is currently in critical condition.

The 48-year-old semi driver was not injured. The 38-year-old driver of the second commercial vehicle sustained a shoulder injury, but refused treatment at the scene, officers say. Both of them are from Ohio.

The three-way collision closed the Turnpike for about 50 minutes.

The crash remains under investigation.