Four people life-flighted following area accidents

A 54-year-old Hanoverton woman was airlifted by STAT MedEvac to Mercy Hospital in Canton following a crash shortly after 11 p.m. Friday on Campbell Road in Hanover Township. Anita Morgan was driving a side-by-side all-terrain vehicle when she lost control and crash. Patrol Trooper Laurna Curby is investigating the crash with the assistance of Sgt. Ben Dennison. (Salem News photo by Patti Schaeffer)

LISBON — A total of four people were life-flighted to area hospitals in two separate vehicle accidents on Friday that are under investigation by the highway patrol.

According to information released by the patrol on Saturday, three people were taken by medical helicopter following a multi-vehicle crash on state Route 39 that happened at 10:18 p.m.

The patrol said that Glenn McKenzie, 60, of Wellsville, was driving a 2010 Cadillac SRX north on state Route 39 and ran off the right side of the road, over-corrected back onto the road and overturned left of center into a guardrail and a 2015 Chevy Equinox driven by Donald Smith, 80, of Salineville.

Smith was driving south on state Route 39 at the time and after being struck by McKenzie his vehicle was also struck from behind by a 2006 Chevy Impala driven by a 17-year-old girl who was not identified in the report.

The patrol said that the girl and her 20-year-old passenger, Samantha Bailey of Salineville, were both checked by EMS at the scene and released to their parents while McKenzie sustained critical injuries and was taken by Stat MedEvac to UPMC in Pittsburgh.

Also taken by Stat MedEvac to UPMC was Smith, who sustained serious injuries, and his passenger, Wilma Smith, 80, who were both wearing their seat belts.

The patrol said alcohol and/or drugs do not appear to be a factor in that crash. The patrol was assisted at the scene by the Highlandtown and Salineville fire departments and Lifeteam and North Star EMS.

Less than an hour later the patrol was called to a report of a one vehicle rollover on Campbell Road.

According to the report from the patrol, Anita Morgan, 54, of Hanoverton, was driving a 2015 Polaris Ace side by side all-terrain vehicle southeast on Campbell Road when she lost control and overturned on the road and was ejected.

The crash occurred around 11:21 p.m. and Morgan sustained serious injuries. She was taken by Stat MedEvac to Mercy Medical Center in Canton. She was not wearing a seat belt and alcohol is believed to be a factor, the patrol said.

An investigation is still pending.

“The Ohio State Highway Patrol encourages drivers and occupants to always wear their safety belts. We want to remind drivers to reduce their speeds during inclement weather,” the patrol said.

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