5 injured in I-680 accident in Youngstown
Five people were injured Sunday evening when a mini van lost control and crashed on Interstate 680 in Youngstown.
The accident happened just before 6 p.m. on I-680 near the South Avenue exit.
Youngstown police said it appears the van carrying two adults and three children was cut off by another driver, smashed into the median and flipped over.
All five were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The accident is under investigation.
Traffic was backed in the area for about an hour as crews worked to clear the scene.
Youngstown police respond to I-680 van rollover
Police in Youngstown are investigating an accident that left traffic backed up on Interstate 680 Sunday night.
Police say a van rolled over on 680 northbound just before the South Avenue/Downtown exit just after 6 p.m.
Officials with the Youngstown Police Department say traffic was blocked or some time, however, the lanes have been reopened.
Authorities were unable to say how many people were injured in the crash, but did confirm that there were injuries and all victims are currently in stable condition and receiving medical treatment.
Police are unable to say at this time if another vehicle was involved in the crash, but say they are investigating.
Youngstown Firefighters rescue man from water in Mill Creek Park
Mill Creek MetroParks Police are investigating after a 19-year-old man fell into the water between the Newport Dam and Lanterman's Falls Thursday night.
An 18-year-old woman told MetroParks Police that she was unable to locate two men she had been walking with on the trails.
When officers found one of the men on a trail, he told them that his friend had fallen off the side of the trail into the creek and was unable to climb out of the water.
The officer located the subject in the water, but was unable to rescue him. Police called in the Youngtown Fire Department and Rural Metro Ambulance for assistance.
Firefighters were able to rescue the teen and he was transported to St. Elizabeth Health Care Center in Youngstown.
Youngstown Fire Battalion Chief Ron Russo says his men used their training and did a good job.
"There's no footing. Everything you do, you do on ropes. These guys have experience. They have the training to do it. They did a fine job. He's out. He's banged up a little bit. He's on his way to the hospital, but he's alive," said Russo
Chief Russo says that if crews hadn't responded in time, the victim may have passed out from shock.
The injuries involved are described as non-life threatening.
Park officials point out that the park closes at dark and it is against regulations to be on park property one half hour after sunset.
Man rescued from waters of Mill Creek
A dramatic rescue unfolded late Thursday night at Mill Creek Park.
A man who fell more than 30 feet down a steep embankment had to be saved from the cold waters of Mill Creek.
The victim was walking along a trail with two friends shortly after 11 p.m. when he slipped and fell into the creek.
The victim's friends told WKBN reporter Nathan Lehota they tried to rescue him. After the friends realized they couldn't save him, they called 911.
When Mill Creek police first arrived, they couldn't safely get to the victim and called the Youngstown Fire Department to help pull him out.
Rescuers used ropes and harnesses to safely and quickly get him out of the water.
Youngstown Fire Battalion Chief Ron Russo said the victim could have died if his crew hadn't got there so quickly.
"He was in the water, which leads to the falls and pulls into shadows, so it was an important factor we got him out right away," Russo said.
Crews say he was in the water for about 30 minutes and started going into shock when they pulled him out.
"If he'd have passed out he would have floated down over the falls," said Russo. "Then it becomes a rescue and it goes to pulling out a body."
The man was taken to Saint Elizabeth Health Center. His condition has not been released.
Mill Creek Park officers told WKBN that walking in the park after dark is not only unsafe, but it can also get you a ticket.
Investigators have not released the victims name, condition of the victim or the whether he will be ticketed for trespassing after dark.
Mill Creek MetroParks Police issued a statement Friday saying that the park is closed from dar, or one half-hour after sunset, until 5 a.m.
Man rescued by firefighters after falling off trail in Mill Creek Park
City firefighters late Thursday rescued a man who fell off a trail in Mill Creek Park in the water near Lanterman Falls.
Crews were called about 11:50 p.m. by Mill Creek MetroParks Police and when they arrived an officer told firefighters a person had fallen off a trail into the water.
A firefighter descended the hill on a rope and the firefighter could see the victim in the water, reports said. Reports said the man appeared to be in shock, was not talking and was shaking.
Firefighters were afraid he would pass out in the water and either sink or go over the falls, so three additional firefighters were lowered down on ropes to put the victim in a safety harness, and he was then pulled to safety.
He was taken to St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital to be examined for any injuries.
The man's name is not yet available. A spokesman for the park police department said today the incident is still under investigation.