The 10-year-old girl injured in Monday's two-vehicle accident on Ohio 7 is expected to make a full recovery, according to Ohio State Highway Patrol Sgt. James Faunda.
Faunda said Breyona Mayfield of Pittsburgh sustained two broken legs, a broken nose, a crushed eye socket and numerous bruises about her body. She was pinned under the crushed dashboard and seat of a rented Penske moving van driven by her father, 38-year-old Lamont Branch. He suffered a broken finger and various facial cuts.
It took emergency crews about 30 minutes to free Branch, but it took almost another hour to get Mayfield out of the wreckage. Crews had to cut a hole in the back of the van's cab and take Mayfield out through the back of the van.
Mayfield remains in the Intensive Care Unit at Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh, according to Faunda, who added that Branch was treated and released from University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
"She was conscious," Martins Ferry Fire Chief Jack Regis said of the girl. "She was awake and talking to us. I don't think I ever saw a tear in her eye the entire time."
The two reportedly were moving from the Pittsburgh area early Monday en route to Steubenville when Branch allegedly rear-ended a tractor-trailer driven by Rick Daniels of Wisconsin about 200 yards south of the Hanover Street interchange in the northbound lanes.
Faunda said an accident reconstruction crew was on the scene Tuesday morning going over the crash.