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Driver dies in car fire after crashing into utility pole, tree in Middleburg Heights

Published: May. 13, 2022 at 11:14 AM EDT
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MIDDLEBURG HEIGHTS, Ohio (WOIO) - The Middleburg Heights police chief confirmed a driver died at the scene of an early-morning crash on Friday.

The single-vehicle incident was first reported at around 4:15 a.m. near the intersection of Pearl Road and Mohawk Trail, police said.

An eyewitness who saw the scene unfold says it was tough to watch.

“I prayed while I watched it burn I didn’t now at that time if anyone was in the car or if they had been able to get out,” she added.

According to Middleburg Heights Chief Edward Tomba, the driver was traveling South on Pearl Road when the car crashed into a utility pole and tree before it became engulfed in flames.

Police said there was nobody else in the car at the time.

The body of the victim, who was pronounced dead at the scene, was sent to the medical examiner’s office for identification.

The crash is still under investigation.

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