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Van transporting inmates involved in accident, four sent to hospital

By WKTV News

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - An Oneida County Sheriff's Transport van was involved in an accident Thursday morning that sent the driver and three inmates it was carrying to the hospital with injuries.

According to Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol, on Thursday, January 19 around 8:59 a.m., a 2005 Toyota driven by Thomas Trace, 42, of Marcy, was driving south on Genesee Street when he rear ended an Oneida County Corrections Transport Van.

Authorities said Trace was not injured.

However, the driver of the Corrections Van, Deputy Robert Wright was transported to St. Elizabeth Medical Center with neck injuries. Deputy Wright's partner, Deputy Rodrick Pelton, did not require immediate treatment or transport and continued with his security duties.

Deputy Pelton later went to the hospital for an evaluation.

The Corrections Van was transporting 10 inmates to Oneida County Court and three inmates were transported to St Elizabeth Medical Center for injuries ranging from neck, knees and back.

Trace was ticketed for following to closely.

The Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Utica Police Department. All injured parties were treated by Utica Fire Department and Kunkel Ambulance.

One of the inmates injured was headed to court for a preliminary hearing in a high profile murder case.

Marshall Jackson did not make it to court. He was treated for minor injuries and is now back in jail.

He is headed to trial next week, accused of killing Anthony Garner on James Street in Utica in May 2011.

There is no word on if the trial would be delayed because of Thursday's incident.

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