Rome man seriously injured in Lee car, fuel tanker crash

The crash happened on Route 26 shortly before 8 a.m.

Posted: Apr 23, 2019 9:23 AM
Updated: Apr 23, 2019 10:20 PM

LEE, N.Y. -- A Rome man was seriously injured in a crash in the town of Lee Tuesday morning. 

The crash, involving a car driven by 57-year-old Ronnie Pendarvis of Rome, and a fuel tanker, driven by a McConnellsville man, happened on Route 26 shortly before 8 a.m.

Deputies say Pendarvis was traveling south on Route 26 when his Volkswagon Jetta crossed into the northbound lane and sideswiped a Superior Plus Energy fuel tanker. 

A helicopter took Pendarvis to a Syracuse hospital for treatment, where he is listed in serious condition. The truck driver wasn't injured. 

It is unclear what caused Pendarvis to hit the tanker, and the investigation is ongoing. 

Route 26 north and southbound was closed between Belcher Road and Weaver Road through the early afternoon.

The Oneida County Sheriff’s Office was assisted state police, AmCare Ambulance, Lee Center Fire Department and Mercy Flight and the state Department of Transportation.

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