Officer pinned, seriously injured while assisting with crashes

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STOW, Ohio — A Stow Police Department officer was seriously injured after a crash Thursday night.

According to a release from the Ohio State Highway Patrol, it happened on State Route 8 northbound near mile post 8.5 just north of Graham Road around 11:26 p.m.

Stow officers were on State Route 8 handling several weather-related crashes.

Lt. Bryan Snavely was on scene to help with traffic control. His 2014 Ford Explorer was parked with its strobe lights activated on the left berm. He was outside his vehicle placing flares on the roadway.

A 21-year-old Akron man was driving northbound on State Route 8 in his 1995 Chevy Blazer when he lost control of his vehicle. It spun to the left and struck the rear of Snavely’s vehicle.

The Explorer was then pushed forward and further to the left, striking Snavely and temporarily pinning him between the patrol vehicle and the cement median wall.

Snavely suffered serious injuries as a result of the crash and was transported to Akron City Hospital.

The driver involved suffered minor injuries.

The crash remains under investigation.