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      Two separate crashes cause part of I-690 to close for brief period

      Onondaga County Sheriff's Deputies say two separate car accidents within a quarter mile of each other on I-690 Northbound caused part of the highway to close for a short period while deputies investigated them.

      The first collision happened around 5:30 p.m. Thursday between Van Buren Road and Downer Street in the Town of Van Buren and involved three vehicles. While deputies were on their way to that collision, they received information about a second collision involving four vehicles, on the same stretch of the highway.

      Deputies investigating the first accident say Jennifer Cerio, 38, of Baldwinsville was driving her Dodge Caravan when she hit the rear end of a car being driven by Trisha Hewitt, 34, of Pennellville. Deputies say that caused traffic to slow down and back up from the Downer Street exit. The chain reaction caused Hewitt's vehicle to hit a third vehicle, which was driven by Nicholas Luciano, 19, of Wolcott. Luciano had two passengers in his vehicle. Hewitt was treated for minor back and neck pain, but refused to be taken to the hospital.

      Deputies investigating the second crash say Andrew Orr, 33, of Cicero hit the rear end of the car driven by Matthew Bulger, 43, of Baldwinsville. Bulger was slowing down for the stopped traffic as a result of the first accident. That collision between Orr and Bulger caused a chain reaction, which sent Bulger's vehicle into the rear end of Tracy Monica's car, which was stopped in traffic. The 33 year-old from Phoenix then struck the vehicle driven by Melissa Sliter, 41, of Redcreek. Orr suffered a foot injury and was taken to Crouse Hospital. Monica was also transported to Crouse for a back and neck injury. Bulger was taken to Upstate Hospital with a head and neck injury.

      Deputies say all injuries are non-life threatening and no tickets have been issued at this time. Both crashes remain under investigation. I-690 North has since reopened to all traffic.