EAST LIVERPOOL - An unidentified male was transported by ambulance to East Liverpool City Hospital after his vehicle's brakes failed on a steep portion of St. Clair Avenue causing him to careen down the hill out of control and crash.
East Liverpool city police officers on the scene reported receiving a call of a vehicle accident at 1:18 p.m. Wednesday. Emergency personnel arrived at the scene to find a green late 90's Oldsmobile Eighty Eight resting on its roof on St. Clair near Jackman Street.
Police on the scene declined to release any details about the driver or the extent of his injuries, however, they said when they arrived on scene paramedics were already tending to his injuries. The East Liverpool city fire department was also on scene helping extract the man from his vehicle.
East Liverpool firefighters assisted police officers and paramedics extract the driver of a vehicle on St. Clair Avenue. (Photo by Devin Bezeredi)
According to officers on the scene, it appeared the Oldsmobile's brakes failed as the the driver was southbound on St. Clair Avenue near Orchard Grove Avenue. The brakeless vehicle proceeded to gain speed as it rolled down the hill through the intersection of McKinnon and St. Clair Avenue narrowly missing construction crews working near the intersection.
A construction worker who witnessed the the incident said the driver was forced to swerve onto the sidewalk and travel through a narrow space between the Youth Fire Ministry building and a telephone pole in order to avoid hitting the crew. The worker, who wished to remain unidentified, said the space the car passed through was so narrow that both of the vehicle's side mirrors were smashed off as it traveled through the gap.
The car continued downhill on St. Clair Avenue and somewhere near Franklin Street lost control, became airborne, rolled onto its roof and skidded down the hill for a considerable distance according to officers on the scene. The vehicle struck a telephone pole, then came to a rest on its roof near Jackman Street. Police said it is possible the vehicle struck the concrete abutment of Ray Street causing it to go airborne and flip. An AEP employee was on scene checking the two telephone poles involved in the incident for damage.