Car collides with tree

Submitted photo by Chris Young, Fleetwood Fire Co. Crash on Willow Road, Ruscombmanor Township, Friday, Sept. 20.

A car collided with a tree, sending a Fleetwood driver to the hospital and closed Willow Road for about one hour Friday night.

Justin Dierolf, 25, Fleetwood, was traveling at a high rate of speed when he lost control of his 2003 Mazda Sedan around a curve on Willow Road, Ruscombmanor Township at 11:37 p.m. Sept. 20, State Police reported.

The Sedan crossed over the double yellow line into opposing lane of travel.

“Dierolf could not maintain control and began to spin clockwise,” reported State Police Trooper Kevin Masinick in a police release.

The vehicle crossed back over the double yellow line and exited the roadway where the driver side of the car impacted with a tree, according to State Police.

First arriving officers found a car had crashed into a tree with heavy entrapment, reported Fleetwood Fire Company in their report.

Fleetwood Fire Company was dispatched to assist Ruscombmanor Fire Co. (Co. 34) and Alsace Fire Company was requested (Co. 8) for additional rescue capability.

Dierolf was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash. He was entrapped inside the vehicle, according to police.

“Crews had a difficult time due to the severity of the crash with driver pinned in the wreckage by the tree,” reported Fleetwood Fire Company.

Firefighters from Fleetwood, Alsace and Ruscombmanor fire departments freed Dierolf from the vehicle using mechanical means, according to police.

Once freed, Fleetwood Fire Co. EMS transported the victim to the hospital.

State Police report that “speed and alcohol were a factor.”