Two dead in Route 5 crash

A man and a woman were killed Saturday afternoon after police say their car drifted across the center line of Route 5 in the town of Sullivan. The vehicle collided with an eastbound milk tanker truck at about 2:50 p.m. Feb. 7.

Police say the couple, unidentified as of press time, were westbound on Route 5 when the vehicle in which they were traveling crossed the double solid yellow lines near the intersection of Conley Road about a mile east of the village of Chittenango.

A third vehicle operated by Arthur R. Berger, 47, of 709 Forbes Road, Chittenango, was involved after the vehicles deflected from one another. Police say Berger's 1996 Chevrolet Blazer was westbound on Route 5 behind the victim's vehicle when it was flanked by the out-of-control vehicles and sideswiped on both sides: On the driver's side by the eastbound tanker truck and on the passenger's side by the car carrying the two people killed in the crash.

Berger and his 36-year-old passenger Sherry L. Douglas of the same address were transported by ambulance to Oneida Healthcare Center for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

All three vehicles ended up off the north side of the road, two of them, including the tanker truck, narrowly missing a house, police said.

Thomas P. Terrell, 38, of 5435 Main St., Durhamville, operator of the tanker, did not seek medical attention at the scene.

Police say the names of the two people killed in the wreck are being withheld pending a positive identification and notification of next of kin. According to Madison County Sheriff Ronald I. Cary, the victims are not believed to be Madison County residents and are believed to have next-of-kin who reside out of state.

The two people pronounced dead at the scene by Madison County District Attorney/Coronor William Gabor were extricated from their vehicle by members of the Chittenango Fire Department. North Chittenango Fire Department assisted.

The victims were transported to the Onondaga County Medical Examiner's office for determination of a case of death and to identify the victims.

The tanker truck, hauling about 30,000 pounds of liquid milk product, had to have its cargo transferred into another tanker truck before it could be removed from the scene.

Deputies were assisted at the scene by members of the Chittenango Police Department.

According to Cary, no charges have been filed, and the investigation by deputies, investigators, evidence technicians and accident reconstruction personnel continues.

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