Verona Woman Killed, Ava Man Injured in Crash on Erie Canal Bridge
June 20th, 2011|
June 20, 2011
A 59-year-old resident of Verona, New York, was killed Sunday afternoon and her passenger seriously injured when she failed to stop at a “bridge closed” sign and drove through a metal barricade to a bridge over the Erie Canal that had been closed since November.
The woman was behind the wheel of a 1957 Austin-Healey convertible (which was owned by her 68-year-old male passenger from Ava, New York) headed northbound on Stoney Creek Road when she was reportedly distracted and drove toward the bridge over the canal, according to WSYR.
Across the entrance to the bridge was a three-foot tall metal beam that had been welded to the rails on either side of the bridge. WYSR reports that other nearby barricades also indicate that the bridge is closed to traffic.
The car went beneath the south beam, scraped along the guardrail the length of the canal, and then passed under the north beam, coming to a stop after about 50 feet.
Around 4:15 p.m., a young boy on foot discovered the crash site and ran to get his parents.
The woman died during the crash, and the passenger was transported to Syracuse’s UpState Hospital, where he is listed in critical condition as of Monday morning.
New York State police are investigating the accident.