ITHACA, N.Y. — Five people were hospitalized in a two-vehicle wreck Friday afternoon on Route 13, police confirmed.

Officers were called around 1:26 p.m. to the 300 block of Elmira Road Friday after a person driving a Buick pulled out from a restaurant parking lot and was struck by a woman driving a white truck, said Ithaca Police Officer Jolene Betts.

She said the Jaws of Life were used to rescue the driver of the Buick because the two vehicles were “hooked” together. The driver was taken in a Bangs Ambulance to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pennsylvania. The passenger of the vehicle was taken to Cayuga Medical Center.

The driver of the truck, a teenager in the passenger seat, and another teenage passenger in the back of the truck were also taken to Cayuga Medical Center with injuries. A child in the vehicle was not injured.

Betts said that, luckily, nobody seemed to sustain life threatening injuries and everyone was conscious and alert at the scene.

“You just really have to pay attention when pulling into traffic,” she said.

The road was reopened at 2:38 p.m.

— Earlier by Reporter Michael Smith. 

ITHACA, NY – A major crash occurred in Ithaca on Friday afternoon near the 300 Block of Route 13 / Elmira Road.

Two vehicle  were involved in the accident, a white truck and a grey or tan-colored Buick.

The Jaws of Life were used to extract passengers from at least one of the vehicles.

An officer at the scene confirmed several injuries. At least one ambulance was seen rushing from the scene.

Both southbound lanes in the area, which is near Burger King and Fat Jack’s Barbeque are closed for traffic. Authorities are encouraging drivers to find other routes of travel, such as Floral Ave. or Spencer Rd.

Tow trucks are on the scene to clear the area.

Photos by Jolene Almendarez/The Ithaca Voice

Jolene Almendarez

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