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Oswego School Bus Involved In MVA

MINETTO, NY – An elementary school student complained of pain and was transported to Oswego Hospital as a precautionary measure following an accident this morning.

According to a spokesperson for the Oswego City School District, a school bus-car accident occurred on County Route 8 in Minetto.

“There were approximately 24 elementary students going to Minetto Elementary School on board the bus,” said Bill Foley, the district’s clerk.

The students were transported to school by another bus, he said.

Law enforcement officials are investigating and more details will be available later, he added.

Personal Injury MVA Investigated

OSWEGO, NY – At about 11:37 a.m. today (Oct. 31),  Oswego Police and Fire departments responded to State Route 104 at West Fifth Street for a personal injury motor vehicle accident.

According to initial reports, two vehicles collided at the State Route 104 / West Fifth Street intersection as one vehicle, a four-door sedan operated by 18-year-old Connor R.C. Pena of Fort Drum, was traveling east on State Route 104, and attempted to make a left turn onto West Fifth Street, but turned into the path of an oncoming motor vehicle, a Sport Utility Vehicle, operated by 66-year-old Carolyn M. Dennis of Oswego, which was traveling west on State Route 104.

Upon the collision, the SUV continued to travel off of the roadway striking two pedestrians that had been standing on the sidewalk located on the northwest corner of that intersection.

The vehicle came to rest within a few feet of striking the former Knights of Columbus building located at 130 W. Fifth St.

One pedestrian, 35-year-old Malita A. Paigl of Schenectady was transported to University Hospital in Syracuse, for possible head injuries.

The other pedestrian, 48-year-old Tracy L. Starr of Ravena, NY, was transported to Oswego Hospital for a leg injury.

The operator of the SUV was the only occupant of that vehicle and she was transported to Oswego Hospital for a complaint of neck/back pain.

The sedan had a total of four occupants; one rear seat passenger of that vehicle, 19-year-old Laura L. Searor of Oswego, was also transported to Oswego Hospital for a complaint of leg pain.

The operator of the sedan, Pena, was ticketed for allegedly failing to yield the right of way.

No Injuries Reported In College Construction Mishap

OSWEGO, NY – A minor construction accident occurred this morning (Sept. 23) at SUNY Oswego.

Shortly before 11:45 a.m. a drill rigger, working where a new science building is being constructed, tipped over.

It was on soft, wet ground when it fell.

There were no injuries, according to college spokesperson Julie Blissert.

The construction site is located between Piez Hall and Snygg Hall.

Some diesel fuel spilled. After about 5 minutes, the fumes forced the evacuation of Snygg Hall.

After about a half hour, students were allowed to return to their classrooms at around 12:20 p.m., Blissert noted.

Drilling is being done as part of the geothermal heating system, which will be used in the new building.

The rigger is reportedly owned by a subcontractor, Hayward Baker of Weedsport.

Three Injured in Two Car Accident in Fulton

Photo provided by the Fulton Police Department.

Photo provided by the Fulton Police Department.

From the City of Fulton Police Department:

On May 28, 2010 at about 11:26am, Fulton Police were dispatched to a reported two car motor vehicle accident, with one vehicle having rolled over at the intersection of S. Sixth St and Division St in the City of Fulton. Initial reports were that people were still inside the vehicle.

Photo provided by the Fulton Police Department.

Photo provided by the Fulton Police Department.

Initial investigation found that a 2000 Chevrolet Venture van had been traveling eastbound in the 500 block of Division St approaching S. Sixth St. Another vehicle, a 1990 Plymouth Sundance was traveling southbound on S. Sixth St approaching Division St.

The driver of the Chevrolet, passed a stop sign at S. Sixth St and entered the intersection. The Plymouth struck the left rear corner of the van causing it to spin and roll over in the 600 block of Division St. On police arrival, it was found that all people but one were out of the vehicles.

One subject, Wayne Parker was still inside of the Chevrolet. Parker was removed from the vehicle and taken to Upstate Hospital for unknown injuries. Another passenger in the Chevrolet, Allison Lathrop, along with the driver of the Plymouth, Annette Harris, were taken to Oswego Hospital for minor injuries.

The investigation is ongoing and traffic tickets are pending against the driver of the Chevrolet, John C. Potter.

Pennellville Man Killed in Crash in Onondaga County

From the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Department

Town of Clay, New York – Onondaga County Sheriff Kevin E. Walsh reports that deputies are investigating a one-car crash that claimed the life of a Pennellville man.

Saturday night at approximately 11:15 p.m., sheriff’s deputies responded to a single car crash that claimed the life of Brent Varney, 21, of 680 County Route 10, lot 39. Deputies investigating the crash report that Varney was driving a 2001 Ford Explorer and traveling north on Morgan Road when he apparently drifted into the southbound lane and then off the west side of the roadway before crashing into a utility pole at the intersection of Oak Orchard Road.

A passing motorist discovered the heavily damaged SUV and immediately called for police. Rescue crews arriving at the scene raced to free Varney from the wreckage. Varney sustained multiple injuries and was transported by ambulance to University Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Members of the Sheriff’s Accident Investigation Team were called to conduct a complete investigation and will rely on a final autopsy to help determine the cause of the crash. No other vehicles were involved in the crash.

Oswego Woman Hurt in Onondaga County Crash

An Oswego woman suffered what police say are minor injuries in a two car crash in the Onondaga County town of Clay Sunday night.

A car driven by Darlene Halstead, of 1342 County Route 22, Oswego was hit by a vehicle that crossed over the center line of Oswego Rd. at about 10:05 p.m.  She was taken to Crouse Hospital in Syracuse.

The driver of the other vehicle is in critical condition and faces a DWI charge.

Sheriff’s Department press release below:

Sheriff Kevin E. Walsh this morning reported that a Clay man is listed in serious condition after a two-car accident that occurred on Oswego Road in the Town of Clay last evening.

Last evening, at approximately 10:05 pm, Sheriff’s Deputies responded to Oswego Road near Calder Court, in the Town of Clay, regarding a two-car accident. Deputy Costello reported that a 2000 Nissan Altima, was traveling northbound when it crossed over in to the southbound lane of Oswego Road and collided in to a 2002 Chevrolet Camaro, operated by Darlene Halstead, of 1342 County Route 22, Oswego, NY Liverpool. Halsted received minor injuries as a result of the accident and was transported by ambulance to Crouse Hospital. The driver of the Nissan Altima, Jorge Palmero, age 27, of 7092 Ourteds Circle, Liverpool, NY, received serious injuries and was transported by ambulance to University Hospital. He is currently listed in critical condition. Palmer’s front seat passenger, Jamie Finnegan, age 21, of 8592 Woodsboro Drive, Baldwinsville, NY, received injury to her right arm and was transported by ambulance to University Hospital. Finnegan and Palmer’s one-month-old daughter was slightly injured and was also transported by ambulance to University Hospital.

Palmero was charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a motor vehicle in the 3rd degree, Failure to stay in lane, not wearing a Seatbelt, Driving While Intoxicated with a child less than 15 years of age, and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.

Sheriff’s Accident Investigation Unit will be continuing with their investigation and will determine if Palmero will be arrested on additional charges.

Plane Crashes in Palermo, Serious Injuries Reported

Photo by Rick Grosvent.

Photo by Rick Grosvent.

A small plane crashed in the town of Palermo Sunday afternoon.

The crash happened at around 3:30 p.m. near 1988 County Route 45, Palermo.

Photographer Rick Grosvent, who shot the photos and videos that accompany this story, said two women were on the plane.

The pilot suffered leg and chest injuries and was flown by helicopter to the hospital.  The passenger appeared to suffer less serious injuries, he said.

Police identify the two as Frances Englund and Nancy Beck. NewsChannel 9 reports the two were flying back to the Williamson-Sodus Airport in Wayne County when their plane crashed.  Channel 9 reports the plane sent a distress signal to the Hancock Airport control tower shortly before the crash.

Englund remains in University Hospital in Syracuse in serious condition.  Beck was treated at the hospital and released.

Police confirm that the plane simply ran out of fuel on its flight across the state.

Rescuers had to cut the front of the plane away to remove the pilot.

He noted that the crash appeared to produce no fire or explosion.

Photos and videos below the map:

Videos by Rick Grosvent.

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Thruway Crash Claims Hannibal Man’s Life

An accident on the state Thruway in Elbridge killed a man from Hannibal.

Michael P. Litzan, 55, of Hannibal was driving along the Thruway at about 8:00 a.m. Saturday, according to State Police.

Police say a car passed Litzan’s Dodge pickup, then pulled back into the driving lane in fron of Litzan’s truck.  Litzan reacted by driving off the north shoulder of the highway.  His truck hit a mile post marker and overturned.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

His passenger, Jason Phillips of Baldwinsville, was taken to University Hospital with injuries that police say did not threaten his life.

Oswego Man Airlifted After Accident In Clay

From the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Department

Town of Clay, New York – Onondaga County Sheriff Kevin E. Walsh reports that Sheriff’s Deputies are investigating a personal injury auto accident that occurred this morning on Soule Road.

At approximately 7:11 am, Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the intersection of Soule Road and Burningtree Road to investigate a three car crash. Witnesses told deputies that a 2005 Pontiac Montana, operated by Clark Morrison, 59, of 16 Deer Trail in Oswego, was traveling south on Soule Road when he drifted into the northbound lane near the intersection of Burningtree Road. Morrison’s vehicle collided with a 2009 Hyundai, operated by Tara Smith, 33, of 4168 Chariot Lane in Liverpool, who was traveling north on Soule Road.

Both vehicles sustained extensive damage and the impact from the crash forced Smith’s vehicle to crash into a 2004 Dodge Stratus, operated by Diane Brown, 47, of 8388b Shallow Creek Road in Liverpool, who was stopped on Burningtree Road waiting to turn onto Soule Road.

Morrison and Smith were trapped in their vehicles forcing rescue crews from the Moyers Corners Fire Department to extricate them from the wreckage. Smith was transported to University Hospital by ambulance and Morrison was airlifted to University Hospital by Guthrie Air-1, of Sayre Pennsylvania. Neither Brown or her passenger were injured from the crash.

Traffic on Soule Road was shut down between the on ramp to Route 481 south and Pine Gate Parkway while rescue crews were on the scene. Deputies reopened Soule Road at 9:20am and report that Morrison was ticketed for moving from a lane unsafely.

Fulton Officer’s Car Hit By Alleged Wrong-Way Drunken Driver

A Fulton Police Department vehicle was involved in a crash with a car driven by a man police say was drunk and driving the wrong way on a one-way street.

Fulton Police allege that officer Jeremy Algarin was driving along S. Fourth St. at about 9:12 p.m. Thursday when his car was hit by a vehicle driven by Peter Wahlstrom of Fulton.

Police say Wahlstrom was driving the wrong way on Buffalo St., which is a one-way street in that area.  He was also charged with driving while intoxicated and failing to yield the right of way at an intersection.

Wahlstrom was released on bail and will be in Fulton City Counrt on Decembere 3.

Police say the patrol car suffered extensive damage but neither man was hurt.

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