Victims of deadly multi-vehicle crash on I-81 identified

Four people were killed in a collision between a tractor trailer and two other vehicles in Oswego County

Four people were killed in a collision between a tractor trailer and two other vehicles in Oswego County.

It happened around 11:30 pm Wednesday between exits 36 and 37 near the Pulaski area.

State Police at the scene said a truck hauling milk was driving north on I-81 when the driver swerved to avoid hitting deer in the road. The driver, a 38-year-old from Watertown, told troopers the tanker then jackknifed across the roadway.

State Police say two vehicles driving behind the milk tanker were unable to avoid it and crashed into it.

Three people in a 2002 Mercury Sable were killed in the crash:

  • Corey E. Moore, 50, of Canton
  • Gregg P. Williams, 58, of De Kalb Junction
  • Roderick C. Cota, 63, of Norwood

In addition, a man driving a 2011 Subaru was also killed; troopers identified him as Moon John Kim. All of the victims were pronounced dead at the scene.

WWNY reports the occupants of the Sable were all employees of R.B. Lawrence Ambulance in Canton. R.B. Lawrence, the owner of the ambulance service, tells WWNY an ambulance driver and critical care technician were returning from a patient transfer to Syracuse when their ambulance broke down. One of his mechanics met up with them and tried unsuccessfully to repair the ambulance. All three were returning home in the mechanic's vehicle at the time of the crash.

"It's just terribly devastating to us all," Lawrence told WWNY.

WWNY also reports that the fourth victim, Moon John Kim, was a radiologist at Samaritan Medical Center in Watertown. In a statement to WWNY, SMC said Dr. Kim "was a gifted physician who was adored and deeply respected," adding "We extend our deepest condolences to Dr. Kim's family and everyone who knew and loved him.

The driver of the milk tanker was not injured, State Police said.

The highway was closed for several hours while investigators worked the scene and reopened later in the morning. State Police are continuing to investigate the crash.

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