Baldwinsville Onondaga County Sheriff’s Deputies are investigating a car/tractor-trailer accident on Route 370 in the Town of Lysander, which sent one person to the hospital with life threatening injuries.
At approximately 1:46 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, Sheriff Deputies responded to a reported car/tractor-trailer collision on Route 370 just west of Tater Road near the Cayuga County line. Deputies reported that a 2009 Toyota Corrolla, operated by a Paul A. Congleton, 26, of English Settlement Road, Ogdensburg, was traveling east bound on Route 370 when he crossed the center line into the west bound lane of traffic into the path of a 2003 Kenworth tractor-trailer being operated by John W. Reese, 64, of Wiman Ave, Syracuse.
The force of the tractor-trailer pushed Congleton’s vehicle back several hundred feet before both vehicles came to rest. Rescue crews from the Plainville, Cato and Baldwinsville fire departments also responded to the scene, where they had to extricate Congleton from his vehicle due to the extensive damage caused by the collision.
Congleton was then transported by GBAC ambulance to University Hospital where he is listed in critical condition and is said to have internal injuries with several broken bones. Reese was not injured but was evaluated at the scene by medical personnel.
Route 370, between Tater Road and the Cayuga County line, was closed to all traffic while the Sheriff’s Accident Investigation Unit investigated the scene. Fog weather conditions and alcohol appear to be a factor in Congleton crossing the center line prior to the collision. Tickets are expected to be issued pending the outcome of the investigation.