A man critically injured in a crash on Route 96 in Seneca County late Tuesday night is recovering, according to hospital staff.


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Steven E. Mullen, 50, of 42 State Route 38 Richford, was traveling south on Route 96 when he swerved to miss a deer and went off of the east side of the road.

Provided photo from the crash scene

Mullen’s vehicle hit a road sign, went down an embankment and hit a tree. It took about 30 minutes to extricate him from the vehicle, after which he was flown to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pa., by a Life Net helicopter.

On Wednesday, Mullen was listed by a hospital staff as being in critical condition. On Thursday afternoon, administrative staff with Robert Packer Hospital said that Mullen’s condition had improved — he is now listed as being in critical condition, they said.

Mullen has been transferred out of the unit for critically injured patients into a lower floor of the hospital, according got staff.

The crash occurred at the intersection of Kelly Corners Road and Route 96.

The Interlaken, Lodi, Ovid and Trumansburg all responded on the intial call, according to the Trumansburg Fire Department.

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Jeff Stein

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