Jaws of life pull woman from car after New Hartford crash

Crash at the intersection of State Route 5 and Middle Settlement Road in New Hartford

At about 3:49 PM on Wednesday evening, the New Hartford Police Department responded to State Route 5 and Middle Settlement Road due to the report of a two car crash.

According to Sgt. M. Kowalski of the New Hartford Police Department, 53-year-old Safet Bulaja of Utica was driving a 2008 Kia east on State Route 5 through the intersection at Middle Settlement Road when a 2006 Kia, driven by 34-year-old Rachel Alden of New Hartford made a left turn into Bulaja's path. The two vehicles collided.

A passenger in Alden's car, 58-year-old Carol Alden of New Hartford had to be removed from the vehicle by use of hydraulic cutting equipment.

Both Carol Alden and Bulaja were sent to St. Luke's Hospital for treatment. Bulaja complained of chest pain.

Rachel Alden, who complained of back pain, was issued a traffic citation for failure to obey a red arrow signal. She is due in the Town of New Hartford Court at a later date.