The mayor of Toledo, Ohio, was in critical condition today after suffering a heart attack while driving and crashing into a pole, according to city officials.
Mayor Michael Collins suffered the heart attack at about 2 p.m. Sunday after leaving a store, his Executive Officer Lisa Ward told ABC affiliate WTVG-TV in Toledo.
Collins lost consciousness at the scene and a window had to be broken to get him out of the car, Ward said.
University of Toledo Medical Center cardiologist Dr. Christopher Cooper said it was too early to offer a prognosis.
At a news conference this evening, Cooper and city officials thanked the citizen who broke out the window when they saw the mayor was in trouble and provided CPR.
"I cannot express enough our deepest and most sincere appreciation for their efforts," Cooper said.
"Mayor D. Michael Collins had a coronary episode and lost control of his car into a pole in South Toledo," a statement released by the city said. "He is being treated a University of Toledo Medical College. We do not have an update on his condition at this time. We ask for prayers and thoughts for his family. Further updates will be given as needed."
Toledo City Council President Paula Hicks-Hudson was sworn in as acting mayor around 5:30 p.m.