WARREN - Two women were sent to Trumbull Memorial Hospital on Monday following a two-car accident just outside the hospital at East Market Street and Laird Avenue.
Each of the vehicles, one red and one silver Chevrolet Cavalier, had extensive damage.
The red car, which was carrying two unidentified women, was damaged on the driver's-side door and the front quarter panel. The silver car had damage primarily on its front end, and its driver was able to drive from the scene.
Howland firefighter Brian McCall carries a head restraint device to help Warren firefighters Lt. Mark Thigpen, Nick Radich, Howland firefighter Jake Emery and Warren firefighter Paul Lamosek assist one of two women injured in a two-car accident at Laird Avenue and East Market Street on Monday afternoon. A power outage had disabled the traffic lights at the intersection.
It was not immediately clear what caused the accident or which of the drivers may have been at fault, but a power outage in the city had cut power to the traffic lights.
The driver of the silver car was standing on the side of the road watching as firefighters fought to open the door of the red car so the women could be taken out. He was was able to pull his car into the parking lot of the BP gas station at the intersection.
Both Warren and Howland fire crews were at the scene and had to use an extraction device to get the women from their car.
The names of those involved in the crash were not being released late Monday.
Although the accident occurred outside Trumbull Memorial Hospital, the victims had to wait about 20 minutes for an ambulance to take the women to be treated.
The Warren Fire Department received the initial call about the accident at 3:48 p.m. It called MedStar Ambulance for transport about two minutes later.
About three minutes after that, they were informed that MedStar did not have a vehicle nearby, so Clemente Ambulance was called. Clemente arrived at the scene about 4:15 p.m. and picked up one woman.
Howland EMS arrived about 4:20 p.m. and took the second victim.
"Sometimes, there is a delay in the system," Warren assistant fire Chief Dan Suttles said. "When you're out there on the scene and someone is hurt it seems like a long time before someone arrives."
City Engineer Paul Makosky, who arrived after the accident, said the intersection of Laird and East Market Street has historically had a higher than average number of accidents.