ASHLAND – A medical helicopter was needed for an Ashland man seriously injured in a single-vehicle crash Sunday night, according to the police chief.
A call came in at 11:05 p.m. for a loud bang. Police Officers responded to the vicinity of Cordaville Road and Rockwood Road, but nothing was seen on either road, explained Ashland Police Chief Vincent Alfano.
Calls were also coming in for someone screaming in the neighborhood, said the Chief. Officers could hear the screaming but it took a while for them to pinpoint where the screaming was coming from, he said.
A grey 2003 Honda Odyssey minivan was found deep into the woods, near 45 Rockwood Road, explained Chief Alfano.
The battery of the van was destroyed, and there were no lights on the van, said the police chief.
Inside the van, there was a man, in his early 20s screaming, said the chief.
The man was screaming in pain. He was conscious and alert, but pinned in the vehicle, said Chief Alfano.
The fire department was called.
“The firefighters did an outstanding job with a difficult extrication,” said Chief Alfano. “I can’t say enough about the firefighters and their efforts to rescue the man from the van, in the wooded area.”
“The operator of the vehicle was very lucky,” said Police Chief Alfano.
The Ashland man suffered serious leg injuries and was flown to a hospital.
“If he was not screaming we may not have found him for a while,” said the chief.
Ashland Police are still investigating, but the initial cause is “very excessive speed,” said Chief Alfano.