7 Pedestrians Injured By Car After Owasco Lake Fireworks Display
July 4th, 2011|
July 4, 2011
Seven people were injured when a car was pushed into them by a truck as they were leaving a fireworks display in Owasco, New York, on Sunday.
“We had organized chaos, in the very beginning, because, again, we had multiple calls, all simultaneously, and then the sheer number of people and this is right when everybody is trying to leave the park, so we had traffic backed up for quite a ways,” Owasco Fire Chief Angelo Messina told Your News Now.
According to the Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office, the accident occurred around 10:15 p.m. as traffic was leaving Emerson Park. A pickup truck driven by a 19-year-old man from Auburn reportedly pulled out from Waterford Lane onto Route 38-A, striking a Volvo driven by a 19-year-old man from Skaneateles and pushing the Volvo into a crowd of people.
The seven pedestrians who were injured were transported to Auburn Memorial and University Hospital in Syracuse where they variously suffer non-life threatening back and leg injuries.
Your News Now reports that at the time of the accident there were “literally hundreds of cars parked on the main street and side streets. Thousands of pedestrians were trying to make their way home from the show.”
The Sheriff’s Office will continue to investigate the accident and say both drivers were issued tickets.