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Woman injured when SUV smashes into a tree

By JOE CENTERS • Updated Apr 17, 2018 at 8:46 PM

(UPDATED at 8:40 p.m.) A hospital spokesperson said Obermiller is listed in critical condition in the operating room with multiple serious fractures.

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(ORIGINAL STORY) A North Fairfield woman was seriously injured Monday afternoon in a one-vehicle accident on Ohio 61 in Bronson Township.

The accident involving Rose Obermiller, 61, happened about 12:50 p.m. on Ohio 61 just north of Settlement Road.

Obermiller was flown via North Central EMS AirCare 1 to the University of Toledo Medical Center. Her condition was unknown as of press time.

The car, heading north, went off the side of the road, took out a utility pole, rolled on its side and then hit a tree.

“In my 26 years I can only think of a couple of others (that were worse),” Norwalk Fire Chief John Soisson said. “Basically the dashboard was pushed against the floor and she was entangled in it. I’m not sure what the exact times were. We’re thinking 20 to 30 minutes (to cut her out of the car).”

Firefighters used the Jaws of Life to extricate Obermiller from the 2018 sport utility vehicle.

“The guys inside of the car were talking to her,” Soisson said. “The toughest part is when the vehicle is busted up that bad and it is agaist a tree. You are basically trying to cut the vehicle away from the patient and we didn’t have much room to work,. You don’t wnat to do any more damage to the patient. We hope the lady is going to be fine. 

“Our main concern is to cut the car away from the patient and get them out as quickly as possible.”

There were as many as eight firefighters working on the car at one time.

“When the call originally came in we had one crew on another call and we went to a second alarm,” Soisson said. “Milan came to cover the station and we appreciate them backing us up.”

Firefighters train all of the time for situations like this and Soisson said it paid off.

“This is what we train for. I am really proud of my guys,” he said. “They spend a lot of training but it’s a lot tougher when ther is a person in the car. You can tell they are very good at their jobs.”

Alcohol and speed aren’t suspected factors in the crash, said troopers with the state Highway Patrol. Obermiller was wearing her seat belt.

Assisting agencies included the Norwalk Fire Department, North Central EMS Life Flight and Whites Automotive Services. The Milan Township Volunteer Fire Department covered the station for Norwalk.

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