A 19-year-old Plymouth man was flown to Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse after crashing Wednesday night head-on into a pole in Cincinnatus.
Cortland County Sheriff’s officers responded at 8:08 p.m. to a crash at 2363 Lower Cincinnatus Road, where they found a driver later identified as Tyler Bard had crashed his Nissan Sentra.
Cincinnatus Deputy Fire Chief Corey Brenchley said he arrived on scene around 8:13 p.m. to find sheriff’s officers administering first aid to Bard, who was lying on the road unconscious, but breathing.
Bard was taken by ambulance to the Cincinnatus Fireman’s Fairground on Route 26, where he was placed in a helicopter and airlifted to Upstate University Hospital, Brenchley said.
The crash is still under investigation, but said weather conditions played a role, according to Lt. Karl Altman of the Sheriff’s Office. Police also said they are still investigating whether speed was a factor. It is unclear if Bard was wearing a seat belt.
The road was shut down for about two hours by the Cincinnatus and Willet fire departments so New York State Electric & Gas could fix the pole and Ron’s Body and Paint Inc. could tow the car.
Brenchley said the car was destroyed.