UPDATE: Medical emergency lead to crash that left truck atop car in New Hartford

Photo courtesy of Barry Sykes

A truck ended up on top of a car after an accident on Commercial Drive near Consumer Square around 5 p.m. on Tuesday.

Posted: Oct 1, 2019 6:02 PM
Updated: Oct 2, 2019 10:55 AM

NEW HARTFORD, N.Y. – A truck ended up on top of a car after an accident on Commercial Drive near Consumer Square around 5 p.m. on Tuesday. 

New Hartford Police say the driver of one of the vehicles, 74-year-old Norbert Kupiec of New York Mills, appeared to have suffered a medical emergency while operating his vehicle, incapacitating him.

Police say Kupiec’s vehicle collided at high speed, with the rear of a 2002 Chevrolet Avalanche pickup being operated by 70-year-old James Bray of Constableville.

Police say after the initial collision, Kupiec’s vehicle continued underneath Bray’s, becoming lodged completely underneath it, leaving Bray’s vehicle teetering precariously on the roof of Kupiec’s vehicle. The force of the collision also resulted in Bray’s truck being pushed into the rear of a third vehicle being operated by 61-year-old L.A. Berattamandronic of New Hartford.

Police say both Bray and Berattamandronic were stopped in traffic at the time of the collision.

Kupiec was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

The other operators and occupants of their vehicles did not complain of injury.

No tickets have been issued and the incident is still under investigation.

New Hartford Police were assisted at the scene by members of the New York Mills Fire Department, Edwards Ambulance and Midland Collision.

(Gallery photos courtesy of Becky Sykes, Amanda Kennedy, Bettina Marie, and Natalia Procopio via Facebook.)

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