Times Bulletin Staff Report

Paulding County — The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating two serious crashes over the past few days that have sent four people to area hospitals.

On Thursday afternoon, May 1, three teens were injured when a 1999 Pontiac Grand Prix hit a utility pole and overturned on Paulding County Road 111, east of Paulding.

According to the patrol, the Pontiac was driven by Thomas A. Lantow, 17, Latty. Lantow apparently lost control of the vehicle while traveling eastbound on Rd. 111. The car struck the pole and overturned. A rear-seat-passenger, Jerey J. Landwehr, 17, Cloverdale, was ejected from the vehicle. The front seat passenger, Riley J. Bidlack, 16, Paulding, had to be extracted from the vehicle. Both passengers were flown by Samaritan helicopter to Parkview Regional Hospital for treatment. Lantow was taken to Paulding County Hospital. Neither the driver or passengers were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash. Alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the incident.

The utility pole, owned by American Electric Power (AEP), was badly damaged and power lines were down at the scene. An AEP crew was at the crash site for several hours restoring electric service to nearby residences. The Highway Patrol was assisted on scene by the Paulding Fire Department and EMS, Paulding County Sheriff’s Office, Paulding Police Department, Samaritan helicopter, Paulding AEP, and Gideon Wrecker Service.

Then on Saturday night a Cecil woman was hurt after driving off the left side of a Paulding County road on a curve, hit a traffic sign and hit a ditch before coming to rest in a field. Janice S. Carlisle, 53, was driving her 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt eastbound on Pauling County Rd. 230 near the intersection with Pauling County Rd. 105. Carlisle was taken by EMS to Paulding County Hospital. She was not wearing a seltbelt at the time of the crash which was 10:13 p.m.

The Highway Patrol was assisted at the scene by the Crane Township Fire Department, Antwerp EMS, Paulding COunty Sheriff’s Office, and Gideon Wrecker Service. Both crashes remain under investigation.