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Two-Car Crash Near Ithaca’s Buttermilk Falls Results In Five Injuries

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A two-car accident yesterday (August 20) evening near Buttermilk Falls State Park in Ithaca resulted in five people being injured, with one being airlifted to a regional trauma center.

Tompkins County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene along Route 13 around 6:30 p.m. and shut down both lanes between Five Mile Drive and the Home Depot.

The highway was closed in both directions for about an hour, until northbound traffic finally resumed just after 7:30 p.m.

Investigation by his deputies concluded that a 2006 Volkswagen traveling south on Elmira Road was cut off by a 2017 Toyota that pulled onto the road from an intersection, causing the crash.

Five people were injured in the crash, one of which is currently in serious condition after being airlifted by helicopter to Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, PA.

Three were brought to Cayuga Medical Center for minor injuries and one more was brought to Robert Packer for significant, but non-life threatening injuries.

The Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office is still investigating the incident.

Assisting deputies at the scene were members of the New York State Police, New York State Park Police, Ithaca Police Department, Ithaca Fire Department, Bangs Ambulance, Dryden Ambulance and Trumansburg Ambulance.

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