October 26, 2021

Two crashes Wed. morning in C’ville

Colin Spencer/staff reporter

A state police officer investigates a crash Wednesday at LD Truck Repair on Route 11 in Cortlandville. The driver and 3-year-old passenger were taken to Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse for minor injuries.

Two crashes within 40 minutes Wednesday morning in Cortlandville injured two people and damaged five vehicles.

A driver and his 3-year-old passenger were taken to Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse after crashing into two parked commercial trucks on Route 11 in Cortlandville near South Hill Road, state police said.

Benjamin C. Truitt, 25, of Marathon, was traveling south around 9:01 a.m. when his car left the road, struck a guardrail, came back on the road and crossed over, striking two trucks at LD Truck Repair before coming to a stop.

Truitt and the child suffered minor injuries, but no other details were available this morning, a state police spokesman wrote in an email. The investigation is ongoing and no tickets have been issued.

Josh Trimm of Marathon said he was traveling north when he saw the car cross the road and crash. Trimm pulled over and notified Lee DeWitt, owner of LD Truck Repair, about the crash and called 911.

Trimm said he saw Truitt struggle to stand up after the crash. The child had a visible rash but no other external signs of injury, Trimm said.

“Given the situation and the accident, they seemed like they were in decent shape,” Trimm said.

S.N. Briere/staff reporter

A Cortland County sheriff’s officer looks at the damage to one of two cars involved in an accident Wednesday morning near an entrance to Aldi on Route 13 in Cortlandville.

Across town, two cars collided at 9:39 a.m near Aldi supermarket on Route 13, said Cortlandville Fire Chief Gere Henry.

Harry D. Newcomb, 91, of Auburn, was traveling south on Route 13 when he made a left turn in front of a car traveling north and the vehicles collided, said Cortland County sheriff’s Lt. Karl Altman. The second vehicle then collided into a telephone pole.

Both drivers were uninjured.

Cortlandville firefighters and Dryden Ambulance responded.

Newcomb told police he did not see the car traveling north. He was not ticketed.

National Grid workers replaced the pole, said company spokeswoman Virginia Limmiatis.

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Staff reporter S.N. Briere contributed to this article.