Truck and van involved in major crash in Morrisville
A truck and a van were involved in a major crash in the Morrisville area on Wednesday morning.
State Police and Madison County 911 tell CNY Central that at 7:28 a.m. a call came in for a crash involving a truck and a van at the intersection of Fearon Road and Swamp Road, a four way intersection in front of Morrisville High School.
Troopers say a minivan ran a stop sign and collided with a State Department of Transportation dump truck, which attempted to serve out of the way. The two vehicles avoided a head-on collision but ended up overturned off the side of the road.
Police say six teachers from the Sherburne-Earlville School District were in the van, owned by the district, on their way to a conference at Drivers Village in Cicero. All six had to be cut out of the van - as you can see from one of the accompanying photos the roof of the van has been completely removed. The driver was airlifted to a Syracuse hospital in serious condition with a femur fracture and head injury.
There were three people in the DOT truck. Nine were injured in the crash overall. The other eight were treated for non-life threatening injuries.
Police say two passengers in the van were taken to St. Elizabeth Hospital. Jennifer Howard, 40, suffered leg injuries and Clifford E. Thomas, 50, suffered back injuries. Three additional passengers were taken to Upstate Medical. Police say Keeley A. Fenton, 35, had head injuries, Kathleen L. O'Connor, 52, suffered facial injuries, and Sue Ellen Westbrook, 52, suffered head injuries.The driver of the DOT drump truck, 47-year-old Timothy A. Smith, and 54-year-old passenger Daniel E. Stetson were taken to Community Memorial Hospital in Madison with minor injuries. A third passenger, 51-year-old Brenda L. Spaulding was taken to Crouse-Irving Hospital with minor injuries.
Troopers say they ticketed the driver of the van, Austin R. Mullen, 43, for failure to yield the right of way at a stop sign. He was airlifted to Upstate Medical.