Perry Township car into pole crash leaves two injured, disrupts power

PERRY TOWNSHIP, Ohio - Two people were sent to the hospital and Perry Township residents lost power after a crash Thursday night.

The Lake County Sheriff's Office and Perry Fire Department responded to a one-car crash in the area of 3056 N. Ridge Rd. in Perry Township at 6:40 p.m.

They said a 1999 Cadillac driven by 22-year-old Mark Lambert, of Ashtabula, was going eastbound when Lambert lost control of his vehicle, left the road and sheared a utility pole. The car came to a final rest approximately 60 feet later in the front yard at 3056 N. Ridge Rd. 

Along with Lambert, 28-year-old Trisha Thompson, also of Ashtabula, was in the car. Both suffered visible and non-visible non-life threatening injuries.

Thompson was flown from the scene to MetroHealth Medical Center. Lambert was trapped in the car and removed 45 minutes later, then taken to Madison Medical Campus before being flown to MetroHealth Medical Center.

Power throughout Perry Township was disrupted for several hours as workers attempted to raise the downed wires and put up a new utility pole. N. Ridge Rd. was closed to traffic from Blackmore Rd. through Perry Park Rd. for about three hours while the scene was cleared and power restored.  

The crash remains under investigation.

Authorities said the initial investigation and witness statements show speed and reckless operation played a part in the crash.      

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