February 12, 2016

Car, state plow truck collide in Dryden

mvaBob Ellis/staff photographer
Dryden police officer Mackenzie Covert photographs a car that collided with a state Department of Transportation snowplow truck on East Main Street in the village Thursday night.

Managing Editor

DRYDEN — Police and firefighters feared the worst when they arrived Thursday evening on East Main Street to find a car crushed next to the looming blade of a state snowplow truck.
They were soon relieved to find the accident was not as bad as it appeared — or as bad as it could have been.
“It looks worse than it was,” said Dryden Police ChiefMike Watkins, who was bundled in a scarf against the 10-degree temperatures and biting wind, after marking the location of the vehicles’ tires with red spray paint as part of the investigation.
The driver of the car, Jordan Smith, 19, of Cortlandville, endured a broken leg but had no life-threatening injuries, Watkins said. Smith was taken by Dryden ambulance to University Hospital in Syracuse after the 5:53 p.m. collision.
The snowplow driver, whoseidentity was not available this morning, was uninjured, Watkins said.
The yellow, westbound,state Department of Transportation snowplow truck had slowedalmost to a stop as it prepared to turn right into the town Highway Department parking lot to turn around when it was struck by the eastbound gray Subaru Legacy, Dryden Assistant Fire Chief RickYoung said.
Young said the Legacy crossed in front of the truck.
The truck came to rest in the westbound lane, whilethe crumpled car stopped in the eastbound lane, turned 90-degrees and facing thetruck behind the snowplow blade. No damage to the truck was visible.
Watkins said this morning that police have not yet interviewed Smith and do not know why he crossed into the path of the snowplow truck. He saidpolice have ruled out alcohol as a factor.
Watkins did not anticipate issuing any tickets to the driver of the truck. Smith had not been ticketed as of this morning, either.


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