Just after 12:30 Tuesday morning Cleveland Police Department received a call for a major accident. The caller was not familiar and was not sure where he was but with enough of an area description dispatchers were able to pin point it. The first units on the scene stated a Chrysler 300 had impacted the bridge pillar under US 59 and was entrapped and critically injured.
Cleveland Fire Department arrived on the scene and spent the next twenty minutes trying to cut Tracy Dwayne Pope of Shepherd out of the crumpled vehicle. When he was finally freed he was taken to a nearby ambulance in an attempt to stabilize him. PHI Air Medical arrived on the scene within minutes later. As the crew prepared to move Pope to the helicopter he went into traumatic arrest. CPR was started and he was transported to Cleveland Regional Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
According to Cleveland Police the driver was southbound on South Washington and failed to negotiate the curve for yet an unknown reason. The vehicle slid sideways into the bridge support. Cleveland Police are still investigating.