A New Castle man was flown by helicopter from the scene of a one-vehicle crash in Hickory Township early Friday afternoon.

Witnesses said William Lee Griffin Jr., 58, of 209 S. 1st Street, passed another vehicle at a “high rate of speed” on Route 388 and lost control of his Ford 150 pickup truck, causing it to roll over several times on the roadway before coming to rest upside down in a deep ditch.

Griffin was ejected from the vehicle and was lying in water in the ditch about 30 feet from his truck when emergency personnel from Medevac and the Hickory Township Fire Department arrived.

Griffin, who was not wearing a seatbelt, suffered head injuries.

Johann Pall, 78, of 3201 State Route 388 was getting his mail when he heard the screeching and turned his head in time to see the truck roll on the road and into the ditch about a half-mile south of Cameron Road.

There were several gashes cut into the roadway caused by the rolling truck.  

Pall walked to the scene as two men were trying to reach the victim. “They said he was still breathing,” Pall said.

There were no passengers in the truck.

The victim was taken from the ditch to a Medevac ambulance, where he was given preliminary treatment, and then to a STAT Medevac helicopter in which he was transported to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Youngstown.

Traffic was halted in both directions for more than 40 minutes.


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