ITHACA, N.Y. – A woman was extricated from her car and airlifted to the hospital Thursday morning after crashing into the side of a garbage truck in the Town of Ithaca. The crash happened at about 8 a.m. at the intersection of Hayts and Hopkins roads.

When responders from the Ithaca Fire Department, Bangs Ambulance and Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office arrived on scene, they found the woman trapped in her car. IFD’s Heavy Rescue team was called to the scene and worked to extricate the woman quickly in the frigid weather, with the temperature at about five below zero and a wind chill warning in effect.

The woman was transported by helicopter to a regional hospital to be treated for injuries.

The driver of the car was airlifted to a regional hospital. (Photo provided by IFD)

Crews worked for two hours to clear the road and clean up diesel fuel that leaked from the garbage truck.

Ithaca Fire Rescue, Bangs Ambulance, Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office, New York State Police, and the DEC responded to the scene. The cause of the crash is under investigation.

Featured image: Photo provided by IFD.

Devon Magliozzi

Devon Magliozzi is a reporter for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at or 607-391-0328.