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Woman blames steering problem for accident in Town of Vernon

By WKTV News

VERNON, N.Y. (WKTV) - A Utica woman says steering problems with her Mazda sport utility vehicle are to blame after an accident that snapped a pole in three places in the Town of Vernon early Friday morning.

The accident happened at about 4 a.m.

Kelly Moore, 22, was heading east on State Route 5.

As she crested a hill just east of State Route 26, she lost control of her vehicle, due to speed and steering problems according to the sheriff's department.

Moore continued driving despite the vehicle's loss of steering.

Her vehicle left the roadway and then traveled easterly along the south shoulder of the road where it struck a culvert.

Moore's vehicle became airborne for about 30 feet before landing. Moore's vehicle continued east across a lawn where it struck a street sign and came to rest against a utility pole, breaking it in 3 places.

Because Moore was wearing her seat belt and her vehicle was equipped with inflatable air bags, she only sustained a minor cut to her face. S

he was treated at the scene by members of the Vernon Fire Department and Vineal Ambulance.

Members from National Grid worked for several hours to secure the pole from collapsing before Moore's vehicle could be removed from the scene.

Moore was ticketed for Failing to Reduce Speed at a Hill Crest and is scheduled to appear in Vernon Town Court in March.

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