WESTMORELAND- On Saturday morning around 10:43 a.m., the Oneida County Sheriff Department responded to a head on collision on Route 5. According to an investigation conducted by the Sheriff’s Department, a 2016 Dodge Ram operated by Christopher Briggs, 27, of Whitesboro crossed over the double yellow line and struck a 2014 Jeep Compass. The Jeep was operated by James Hale, 36, of West Windfield, with his passenger, Kristy Hale, alongside.
The accident happened in front of Valerie Nazel’s home who said, “I was in my room and I heard a big loud bang.”
That’s when the certified first responder ran outside to see what had happened. She soon learned that there was a head on collision between two vehicles.
“I went to the vehicle that seemed to have the most damage,” said Nazel. “I spoke to the gentlemen and tried to keep him as calm as possible.”
As for the damage of the crash, there was debris scattered along Route 5 and even in the front lawn of the Nazel home.
“I came out of the home and saw two sandbags, one that hit the tree and another which hit my house,” said Jesse Nazel, home owner of the Route 5 home. “The tailgate behind me flew into my neighbor’s lawn, as you can see the crash was pretty terrible.”
According to the Oneida County Sheriff’s Department, the victims in the crash were transported to both Saint Luke’s and Saint Elizabeth’s hospital. The conditions of the victims ranged from minor to substantial. As for the Nazel family they are proud they could help during the giving season.
“I am just glad that the gentlemen and the lady are responsive, their car saved their life,” said Valerie Nazel. “They may have broken bones but they can enjoy the holidays the best that they can.”