VIENNA TWP., Ohio (WYTV) – A car just missed splashing into a lake when it went off the road and crashed in Trumbull County late Monday night.
It happened near a bend known as “Dead Man’s Curve” on Niles Vienna Road in Vienna Township around 10 p.m.
The car was wedged between a utility pole and guardrail.
Firefighters said the driver is lucky to be alive.
911 caller: “He ran off the road, he hit a telephone pole, there’s a wire down and he is out. I mean, somebody needs to get here quick.”
Pictures of the crash scene show just how close of a call it was, but the man behind the wheel wasn’t seriously hurt.
Emergency responders said he went off the road and sheared the top of the utility pole before coming to a stop near the edge of Upper Girard Lake.
“Very lucky,” said Eric Ginn, with the Vienna Fire Department. “I mean, less than a foot, we could not access the driver’s side of the vehicle because it was at lakeside.”
Paramedics said it was a difficult task to get the man out because of how the car was positioned between the guardrail and lake.
“That’s probably a million to one that he didn’t end up in the lake in a worse-off fate,” Ginn said.
According to a police report, the driver told officers he smoked weed and had methadone earlier in the day, but he wouldn’t agree to a urine test.
He could be charged in connection to the crash.