UPDATE: 2:17 p.m.: Ithaca Police Chief John Barber has confirmed that the cause of the accident was a medical emergency. They believe the man may have run a stoplight before crashing into the building.
The building was likely occupied since the business was open for business, but no one else has been reported injured.
The driver was the only one in the vehicle. The exact nature and extent of his injuries is unclear.
Traffic will continue to be delayed while crews check the structural soundness of the building. They must ensure it is sound before they can remove the vehicle from the building.
According to Chief Barber, accidents where vehicles collide with structures are uncommon in Ithaca, but happen from time to time.
Authorities are unsure how long that section of Meadow Street will remain partially blocked. They encourage people to drive carefully and use an alternative route if possible.
UPDATE 1:55 p.m.: There are at least seven firefighters on scene as of 1:52 p.m. Ithaca Police are also on the scene, including chief John Barber.
Ithaca Police Public Information Officer Jamie Williamson confirmed that one person was airlifted away via chopper.
According to a witness, the driver of the vehicle was a male who was conscious at the time of the crash. When emergency personnel pulled him out of the vehicle, they place him into a head and neck brace to transfer him to ambulance. The onlooker said that the man was conscious, talking and moving his arms during this time.
Near the intersection of South Meadow Street and West Green Street, a portion of the leftmost lane is closed. Traffic is delayed.
ITHACA, NY – Emergency crews are responding to the scene of a major accident near the corner of Green Street and Meadow Street.
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According to a 911 dispatcher, a vehicle crashed into the Ithaca Stoveworks building there at around 1:11 p.m.
Ithaca Fire Department and Bangs Ambulance are responding. The dispatcher indicated they may also be dispatching a medevac chopper.
This is a developing story.
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