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Car accident

Car Hits Plains At Parish; No Injuries Reported

Car Hits Plains At Parish;

No Injuries Reported

Ryan Winchester, a tow truck operator with Thetford’s Towing, prepares to tow a car after it crashed into an apartment at the Plains at Parish this afternoon. The crash happened after a resident allegedly lost control of the vehicle while attempting to move to a different parking space, going over a snowbank and a bush before hitting the outside wall of an apartment in the main building. No one was injured, but the State Police and West Oneonta Fire Department were on the scene, and the investigation is ongoing. (Ian Austin/
No Injuries As Car Rolls Over Clinton Street Embankment

No Injuries As Car Rolls Over

Clinton Street Embankment

Oneonta Fire Captain Thomas DiMartin stands next to an SUV that went over the embankment behind the Bagnardi Shoe Repair shop at 128 Chestnut St., missing the building by three feet. The accident, which occurred around 9:45 a.m, was caused when the driver attempted to execute a turn on Clinton Street and he lost control, sendng the vehicle over the edge. A tree stump and some power lines were torn up, but neither of the car’s two occupants were injured. At this hour, Oneonta fire department crews are on the scene as they wait for NYSEG to arrive, but traffic has not been disrupted. (Ian Austin/


Sister, Stranger Worked Together After Crash

Younger Sister Came

To Her Elder’s Rescue

Julie Ford’s car hit a patch of black ice and sent her and her sister, Abby, into a tree on Saturday morning.


COOPERSTOWN – Even though she herself was suffering from a concussion, Abby Ford was able to call 911 following the Saturday crash that left her sister, Julie, the driver, injured and in and out of consciousness.

“Abby managed to dial 911,” said their mother, Amy. “It’s a miracle they were able to get the call through. Wiley Town Road never has cell service.”

A stranger, later identified as Dennis Brassaw, Cooperstown, was also driving down the road and stopped to wait with the girls until state troopers and EMS arrived. “We’re so grateful to him,” said Amy. “I went to the site of the accident today, and he was there and introduced himself.”

CCS Forward Airlifted From Crash, Recovering

CCS Forward Airlifted

From Crash, Recovering

Julie Ford

COOPERSTOWN – CCS basketball star Julie Ford is recovering at home after she was airlifted to Albany from an accident scene last Friday.

According to Nate Reigel, State Police public information officer, Ford was driving the car southbound on Wiley Town Road around noon when she hit a patch of black ice and slid 100 feet before striking a tree on the northbound shoulder.

Ford was “in and out of consciousness” at the scene, and her sister, Abby, a passenger, called 911, according to a Facebook post made by their mother, Amy Hurtubise Ford.

Truck Driver Killed At Deposit Quarry

Sidney Truck Driver

Dies In Quarry Crash

DEPOSIT – A 66-year-old Sidney man was killed yesterday when he was thrown from his truck following an accident on  a quarry access road in the Town of Deposit.

At 9:30 a.m., state police were dispatched to the scene off State Route 8 near Mills Road, Town of Deposit, following reports of a motor vehicle accident with serious physical injury. Upon their arrive, they found William B. Barse deceased at the scene.

Crash Claims Life Of Unadilla Man


Crash Kills Unadilla Man;

4th Local Fatality In 4 Days

SIDNEY – A Unadilla man died in a car crash early today on River Road here, the fourth fatal crash involving local people in as many days.

Troopers report Jason R. Cunningham, 39, of Unadilla, was driving a van west on River Road when he entered a sharp curve, drifted into the eastbound lane and collided with an eastbound pickup truck, driven by Matthias J. Wesner, 35, also of Unadilla.

Yesterday, a Cooperstown man was killed in a motorcycle accident on Route 11, Hartwick, and Sunday a husband and wife riding a motorcycle died in a crash in Warren, just across the Herkimer County line; a Cooperstown man was injured in that three-car chain reaction.

Police Investigating Fatal Crash in Richfield

Police Investigating

Fatal Crash in Richfield

RICHFIELD – A Pennsylvania woman was killed on Route 20 in Richfield after her car drifted into the westbound lane and struck another car.

State Police allege that Jeanette M. Gilbeau, 47, Conneaut Lake, Penn., was driving a 2005 Nissan Murano eastbound as an escort vehicle for an oversize load when, for unknown reasons, she drifted into the westbound lane and struck a 2016 Chevrolet Silverado driven by John M. Templin, 37, Roseboom.

On April 17, 2017, at approx. 10:10 a.m., the New York State Police at Richfield Springs responded to an Otsego County 911 report of a two car motor vehicle accident on State Route 20, in the Town of Richfield, Otsego County.

Three Men Killed In Morris Car Accident

3 Die In Morris Crash

MORRIS – Three men were killed in an early-morning car accident on State Highway 23 after their vehicle failed to navigate a left curve, State Police said today.

Troopers responded to the scene of the one-car accident at 3:14 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 3 in Morris.  Though the car was on fire when they arrived on the scene, the three victims, Jordan Crandall, 22, Norwich, Christopher Brissette, 22, Sherburne, and Dillon Clemens, 21, Norwich were already deceased inside the vehicle.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation, but police believe the driver, driving westbound on State Highway 23, failed to navigate a left curve.  The car exited into the northbound shoulder, struck several objects and came to rest upside down in a field.

Hartwick College Runner In Stable Condition At Bassett

Hit By Car, Hartwick Runner

In Stable Condition At Bassett

Daniel Gilbert
Daniel Gilbert

ONEONTA – The runner hit by a car on West Street in front of Hartwick College is in stable condition and undergoing surgery at Bassett Hospital following last night’s accident.

Daniel Gilbert, 21, a Hartwick College senior originally from Andover, Mass., was hit by a car driven by Kathleen Feeney, 34, Oneonta, city police report.

According to Oneonta Police Lt. Douglas Brenner, a group of runners was crossing West Street by the entrance to Hartwick College when Gilbert allegedly hesitated before crossing.

East Meredith Man Killed In Kortright Car Accident

East Meredith Man Killed

In Kortright Car Accident

KORTRIGHT – A 58-year-old East Meredith man was killed after his truck veered off the road and struck a culvert yesterday evening in the Town of Kortright.

In responding to a 911 report of a motor-vehicle accident on West Kortright Church Road, state troopers determined that Michael C. Berry was driving a 1996 Dodge Ram pickup truck southeast when he left the road for an unknown reason.  He struck a culvert, causing the truck to overturn.

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