The scene of Wednesday's crash. (Photo by Ryan Landvater/Ithaca Voice)

Update 11:45 a.m. —

Three people were hospitalized in a crash on Route 79 a few minutes west of Ithaca Wednesday morning, according to Enfield firefighters.

The crash appears to have occurred when a pickup truck going east on Route 79/Mecklenburg Road hit a garbage truck, said Enfield Fire Chief Roger Lauper. The driver of the garbage truck was out of the vehicle when it was hit by the pickup truck, according to the chief.

Two people were flown to the hospital. Lauper didn’t know the extent of their injuries around noon Wednesday.

Route 79 remains closed west of the city. All three people who were hospitalized were in the pickup truck, according to the chief. 

Update 10:30 a.m. —

Two people were flown to the hospital from the scene of a two-vehicle crash on Route 79 Wednesday morning a few minutes west of Ithaca, according to the Tompkins County 911 Dispatch Center.

Route 79 remains closed, dispatchers said around 10:30 a.m. No word yet on the cause of the crash or the names of the victims.

Both people were taken to Robert Packer in Sayre, Pa.

(Photo by Ryan Landvater/Ithaca Voice)


Earlier — 

Ithaca, N.Y. – Two helicopters are on their way to the scene of a serious two-car collision Wednesday morning, according to the Tompkins County 911 Dispatch Center.

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The accident occurred on the 1500 block of Route 79/Mecklenburg Road, a few minutes west of the city of Ithaca, 911 dispatchers said at around 9 a.m..

At least one person is reported to have been entrapped in a vehicle, according to the 911 dispatch center. Authorities are advising motorists to avoid the area if possible.

The Ithaca Fire Department, Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office, state police and Enfield Fire Department are among the agencies that have been called to the scene.

Emergency dispatch reports indicated that authorities were establishing a landing zone near Cayuga Medical Hospital.

We’ll provide updates when we know more


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Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.