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Nine injured when school van and DOT truck collide

By NEWSChannel 2 Staff

SMITHFIELD, N.Y. (WKTV) - Nine people suffered varying injuries in a car crash at Morrisville High School Wednesday morning.

The accident happened around 7:25 a.m. Wednesday at the intersection of Swamp Road and Fearon Road in the Town of Smithfield when State Police say a NYS Department of Transportation Dump Truck was traveling north on Swap Road when it collided with a van owned by the Sherburne-Earlville Central School District headed westbound on Fearon.

Authorities say the van failed to yield the right of way to the DOT Truck and was struck on the driver side, causing both vehicles to exit the west side shoulder of the road and overturn. The van was en route to the Syracuse area with school staff members for a training conference. 

Austin R. Mullen, 43 was the driver of the van and was transported from the scene via Mercy Flight to Upstate Medical Hospital where he remains in serious condition. He was issued a ticket for failure to yield the right of way at a stop sign.

The passengers in the van who were injured included:

  • Jennifer Howard, 40, transported to St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Utica with leg injuries.
  • Keeley A. Fenton, 35, transported to Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse with head injuries.
  • Clifford E. Thomas, 50, transported to St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Utica with back injuries.
  • Kathleen L. O'Connor, 52, transported to Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse with facial injuries.
  • Sue Ellen Westbrook, 52, transported to Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse with head injuries.


The driver of the the DOT truck, Timothy A. Smith, 47 was transported to Community Memorial Hospital in Madison with minor injuries. Passengers Brenda L. Spaulding, 51 was transported to Crouse-Irving Hospital with minor injuries and Daniel E. Stetson, 54 was transported to Community Memorial Hospital in Madison with minor injuries.
 

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