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81 N Reopens Following Fatal Accident Overnight

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Note: I-81 N at Cortland (Exit 11) reopened shortly after 12 pm Sunday

The accident scene from I-81 S

The Cortland County Sheriff’s Office responded to a fatal motor vehicle accident on I-81 North in the town of the Cortlandville at about 2:35 am Sunday.

According to Capt. Robert Derksen, the accident occurred just south of the Homer (Exit 12) off-ramp.

The accident scene, just north of Exit 12, I-81 N

Four people were traveling north in a 2008 Kia Optima when the driver lost control, striking the right side guide rail, then the left side guide rail. The Kia came to a stop in the roadway.

The four people in the Kia got out, when a second vehicle, a 2015 Ford Mustang, struck the Kia while it was disabled.

Kia – which hit both guide rails before coming to a rest in the road, then hit by an oncoming car.

One of the occupants of the Kia was struck while outside the vehicle and died as a result of the collision.

The driver of this Mustang was not hospitalized

Police report the other three occupants, as well as the driver of the Mustang, were evaluated by medical personnel at the scene. They were not transported for medical treatment.

Capt. Derksen states that the names of those involved will not be released until their families can be told.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation at the scene by members of the Cortland County Accident Investigation Team.

81 N traffic being detoured off the Interstate at the Cortland Exit (11). Traffic clogged many city streets during the detour. This view from Locust Avenue across Rt 13.

I-81 north between Cortland (Exit 11) and Homer (Exit 12), has been closed since the accident and is expected to reopen by noon on Sunday.

Cortland County Sheriff’s Deputies were assisted by New York State Police, Village of Homer Police, Cortland City Police, the Homer Fire Department and TLC ambulance.

(WXHC was not allowed near the scene to gather these photos)

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