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Driver rolls car on S.R. 5 in Portage

By Dave O'Brien, staff writer Published: June 14, 2017 5:06 PM
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A motorist who rolled his car Wednesday morning escaped with only minor injuries, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Ravenna post commander Lt. Antonio Matos said the motorist was westbound on S.R. 5 in Paris Township when he lost control after passing S.R. 225.

The man was "just driving down the road, only going 55 (mph)" when he rolled the car, which was left sitting on its side on a hill.

A tree against which his car came to rest held the vehicle up on its side, preventing it from rolling down a hill and causing more damage or serious injuries, Matos said.

The driver was trapped but suffered only minor injuries. Firefighters responded and extricated the driver using rescue tools.

"The hardest part was getting him out" of the wrecked vehicle, Matos said.

Reports that the crash was the result of a high-speed police chase are not true, he said

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