The Oswego County Sheriff’s Office has released further information on the crash that occurred on State Route 48 in the Town of Granby this morning.
The drivers of the vehicles involved in the first crash have been identified as 59 year old Chris Cizenski of Baldwinsville. He was driving a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu northbound on State Route 48.
A 2012 International tractor-trailer was being operated southbound on State Route 48 by David Briggs, 45 years old, of Ilion.
Initial findings of the investigation reveal that it appears that Mr. Cizenski crossed the center line and struck the tractor-trailer. Cizenski was wearing his seatbelt and his air bag did deploy.
It is not currently known why Cizenski may have crossed the center line.
A 2006 Pontiac being operated by Joshua Hunger, 27, of Baldwinsville, was northbound on State Route 48 behind the Cizenski vehicle. When the Cizenski vehicle crashed, Hunger attempted to avoid that collision. Hunger turned onto Dann Drive and struck a marked Oswego County Sheriff’s patrol vehicle being operated by Deputy Robert Obrist, 26 years old, of Oswego. Obrist, a one-year member of the department, was on patrol facing west on Dann Drive when his vehicle was struck by the Hunger vehicle.
Neither Hunger nor Obrist reported any injuries. Both men were wearing their seatbelts. Neither vehicle’s airbags deployed.
Both men assisted the victims of the first crash until emergency medical personnel arrived on scene.
Cinceski was airlifted by Mercy Flight to University Hospital. The extent of his injuries and his current status is unknown.
Alcohol and speed do not appear to have been involved.
The investigation is continuing and no tickets have been issued.
ORIGINAL REPORT BELOW
GRANBY, NY – One person has been airlifted to a Syracuse hospital following this morning’s multi-vehicle crash on Route 48, near the entrance to Thunder Island amusement park.
The crash occurred around 6:30 a.m.
A northbound Chevrolet sedan collided with a southbound tractor-trailer, according to Undersheriff Gene Sullivan.
The initial crash was followed by a second as a Pontiac G6, also northbound on 48, attempted to avoid the crash and collided with a sheriff’s patrol vehicle that was on Dann Drive on routine patrol at the time.
Route 48, between Wilcox Road and County Route 46 (Highbank Road), was reopened to traffic around noon.
The driver of the Chevrolet was airlifted.
No other injuries were reported.
The names of the other drivers involved and the seriousness of injuries isn’t available at this time.