Pennsylvania Man Crashes Stolen Vehicle into Building
State Police in Pulaski are currently investigating a one-vehicle personal injury auto accident that occurred on Main Street (State Route 104) in the village of Mexico.
A State Trooper observed a reportedly stolen vehicle traveling west on State Route 104 in the Town of Mexico at 3:38 p.m.
The trooper turned and activated his emergency lights and siren and attempted to catch the vehicle to stop it.
The vehicle accelerated away from the trooper and the driver failed to negotiate a left hand curve in the village of Mexico.
The vehicle went off the right shoulder and struck a guardrail becoming airborne going over a small creek.
The vehicle then struck the village of Mexico office building at 3236 Main St. damaging the natural gas service entrance.
The operator of the vehicle was identified as 34-year-old Leif T. Adkins from 3567 Lincoln Highway in Kinzers, Pa.
Adkins was transported to University Hospital in Syracuse with non life threatening injuries.
Mexcio Fire Department responded to the scene and evacuated neighboring buildings due to the natural gas leak.
National grid responded to the scene and turned off the gas supply.
The State Police were assisted at the scene by the Oswego County Sheriff’s Department.
The investigation is still continuing at this time.
Charges against Adkins are pending.
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MEXICO, NY – A car crash in the village of Mexico has reportedly caused a gas leak into the village hall.
The crash was reported shortly before 4 p.m. today (Jan. 25).
The vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed westbound coming down the hill toward the intersection of Main Street (Route 104) and Lincoln Avenue, according to a nearby resident.
The vehicle, which was reportedly the subject of a police chase, failed to negotiate the curve in the road and struck the bridge guardrail and then the building, they said.
Nearby residents were told they might have to evacuate because of the gas leak.
The roadway was closed while crews cleared the accident scene.
One area resident described the scene as being as brightly lit as the Harborfest midway.
According to Pulaski State Police, a trooper was chasing the vehicle because it was reportedly stolen.
The driver was taken to a Syracuse hospital, with non-life-threatening injuries.
He hasn’t been identified.