(WKTV) - An Oneida woman is in very serious condition after her car overturned into the Erie Canal near the Town of Sullivan, the Madison County Sheriff's Office said.
The accident happened around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday on Harsh Road, between Route 5 and Canaseraga Road, in the Town of Sullivan.
According to officials, Colleen Hyland, 48, of Oneida, saw an accident in front of her that had just happened and tried to negotiate around the car in the roadway. Hyland then lost control of her 2008 Toyota RAV4. Her car skidded to the east shoulder of the roadway, crossed back across the driving lane, hit the back of a disabled 2000 Dodge Neon, continued across the southbound driving lane and hit the Erie Canal's cement bridge abutment broadside. The impact with the abutment caused Hyland's vehicle to overturn and land on its roof in the canal.
After Hyland was removed from the vehicle, she was taken to Upstate Hospital in Syracuse in very serious condition. Hyland was on her way to work at the Chittenango Middle School, where she is a seventh-grade social studies teacher.
The first accident involved a 2000 Dodge Neon driven by Carolyn Kaplan, 53, of Oneida. Kaplan lost control on the roadway and hit a guardrail just south of the bridge. Kaplan was not injured.
No charges are pending in the accident.