WINONA The Hanoverton-area woman seriously injured when her SUV slammed into the back of a semi truck on state Route 9 Monday remains hospitalized, according to the highway patrol trooper handling the investigation.
Trooper Ron Kelvington said Tina M. Walker, 35, of Campbell Road, has undergone several leg surgeries and remains in surgical intensive care at St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Boardman.
Walker was flown by medical helicopter to the medical center after first responders spent more than 90 minutes attempting to free her from the GMC Yukon XL she was driving.
The rescue effort took longer than normal due to the way Walker's legs were trapped under the crushed front end of the SUV, which was wedged under the flatbed truck that was hauling cement for Chappell and Zimmerman of Salem.
Kelvington said Walker is scheduled to remain in the hospital over the coming weeks, and should be moved out of surgical intensive care shortly. Her condition is non-life-threatening.
He also said some form of enforcement action is likely, but the crash remains under investigation.
Reports indicated Walker was wearing a seat belt and not speeding, but did not appear to apply the brakes prior to the crash.
Her two young children who were in the SUV were not seriously hurt.