Two crashes Wednesday afternoon in Cortlandville saw two vehicle operators injured and taken to hospitals, Cortland County sheriff’s Capt. Robert Derksen said this morning.
A motorcyclist traveling east on McLean Road at 3:41 p.m. collided with the back of an Audi SUV when the motorcycle passed the left-turning vehicle on the shoulder and then collided with the Audi, Derksen said.
The motorcycle operator was taken to Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse for a leg injury, though Derksen wasn’t sure of the extent of the injury.
The motorcycle operator, whose identification was not released, has been ticketed for following too closely.
The Cortland County Sheriff’s Office, Cortlandville Fire Department and TLC Emergency Medical Services ambulance responded.
Mike Barzee of 774 McLean Road, right next to where the crash occurred, said he was inside his house and didn’t see the accident — but he heard it.
Lorraine Burnham, who lives across the road at 775 McLean Road, said she thought someone had hit a deer.
“It’s a busy area,” she said, just west of Gutchess Lumber, and many people use it as a bypass for Route 13 to get to Ithaca.
She said it’s fairly common for people to speed on the road as well, which has a 30-mph speed limit.
A second crash occurred around 4:50 p.m. between two cars in front of the Willowbrook Golf Club on Route 215 in Cortlandville, Cortland County dispatchers said.
A Chevrolet traveling south on Route 215 tried to turn left in front of a northbound Jeep, causing a head-on collision, Derksen said.
The driver of the Jeep was taken to Guthrie Cortland Medical Center for a facial injury, which Derksen did not have details on.
The driver of the Chevy, whose identification was not released, was ticketed for failing to yield on a left turn along with not wearing a seat belt.