December 1, 2021

B’ville man dies in crash on I-81

SUV collides with ambulance slowing to make a U-turn

A 68-year-old Baldwinsville man died after an accident Monday morning when his sport utility vehicle collided with an ambulance on Interstate 81 near Exit 10 in Polkville.

The accident occurred at 6:43 a.m. on the southbound side of the interstate, state police reported.

A TLC Emergency Medical Services ambulance was driving with its emergency lights activated in the passing lane, slowing to make a Uturn onto the northbound side of the road to respond to a call for medical assistance on the interstate when a 2019 Nissan Rogue in the same lane hit the driver’s side of the ambulance.

The Rogue’s driver lost control and struck a guardrail on the right side of the road.

The ambulance crew immediately checked on the 68-year-old male, who was unresponsive and they began patient care until another ambulance arrived.

“That was the first thing they did,” said Trish Hansen, a spokeswoman for TLC.

The man was taken to Guthrie Cortland Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead.

No injuries were reported among the ambulance crew.

“The crew is fine; the crew is absolutely fine,” Hansen said.

The investigation is continuing and the name of the victim had not been released. No tickets have been issued, according to police.