CANFIELD, Ohio (WYTV) – The quick work of a Boak and Sons crew saved a passenger in a fiery crash on Raccoon Road, but it was too late to save the driver.
Chris Denno, a foreman of the Boak and Sons crew, was working on the roof of the Austin Log Cabin when he saw the crash, which occurred around 1:25 p.m. on Raccoon Road near Burgett Road in Canfield Township.
Sgt. Brian Vail, of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, said a female driver went left of center in a Chevy Cobalt heading southbound on Raccoon Road, colliding head-on with a Honda Accord in the northbound lane.
The vehicle then caught fire, and the Boak and Sons crew rushed to the scene to help, grabbing a log from the side of the road to smash in a window. The crew managed to pull the passenger out of the window, but could not get the female driver out before a small explosion went off, completely engulfing the vehicle in flames.
“By the time we got around the house, the car was on fire,” Denno said. “Two of my guys went for the passenger. I went for the driver, because the fire was right under her.”
The female driver was killed. The passenger’s injuries are unknown, and neither the passenger nor the driver have been identified until next-of-kin is notified.
“Trying to get the girl out, we just couldn’t do it. The fire was just too strong,” Denno said.
The driver of the Honda Accord was identified as 75-year-old Frank Costa, of Canfield. He sustained minor injuries, according to a news release from Highway Patrol.
The roadway was completely shut down after the crash. The Austintown Police Department and Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office assisted with traffic control. The Austintown and Canfield fire departments were also on the scene to extinguish the vehicle fire.
The crash remains under investigation.