Upper Sandusky teen injured in crash

A teenager was in critical condition after being transported by Life Flight from the scene of an accident in Adams Township Sunday afternoon.

Sgt. Angel Burgos of State Highway Patrol said Joseph K. Moore, 17, of Upper Sandusky, was driving a 2000 Chevrolet Malibu south on SR 101 when he went off the east side of the road.

The vehicle struck a ditch, two fences, two trees and an electric pole and went through a garden. It overturned onto its right side and rolled off an embankment into a field. Burgos said Green Springs Volunteer Fire Department personnel had to turn over the vehicle to remove Moore, and it appeared he was extracted by mechanical means.

Life Flight took him from the scene to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center. He was in critical condition Sunday night, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Burgos said speed could have been a factor in the crash, based on the large area of debris. He said he believed Moore was wearing a seatbelt.

The impact snapped the electric pole off near the ground. Another wire, which was not for electricity, was low-hanging and had to be cut. A crew from North Central Electric Cooperative responded to the scene.

“(It) seems like everybody still has power,” Burgos said.

Personnel from Green Springs EMS and fire, the county’s Echo unit, Seneca County Sheriff’s Office and State Highway Patrol assisted at the scene.

Bob Kessler, who owns the property where the accident occurred, was in his house when the car crashed. He said it sounded like someone was having target practice with a gun.

“(It) banged about four times,” he said.

Kessler said he ran out, but could not see anything.

“He was way down (in the field),” he said.

Kessler said he could see the pole was broken off, so he knew there was a car there somewhere. He went to the car after locating it.

“I stayed back,” he said. “There was already four people there; (they) didn’t need anybody else.”

The crash was under investigation Sunday afternoon. No citations had been issued in the crash, which occurred about 2:45 p.m.