Yesterday (June 5) on I81 in the town of Cicero a New York State Trooper was out of their vehicle removing debris that was obstructing traffic in the center lane of the highway.
While removing debris a 2007 Chevy Equinox, driven by 37 year old Jonathan D. Bumpus of Cortland failed to see the patrol vehicle with its lights activated and struck the rear of the car.
Bumpus was transported to Upstate University Hospital with minor injures and was issued tickets for speeding and failure to exercise due care when passing a stopped emergency vehicle.
Trooper Matthew Young, who’s vehicle was struck was not injured in the crash.
The New York State Police would like to remind motorists to please remember to obey the Slow Down, Move Over law. When you see police vehicles, emergency vehicles, tow trucks, or any incident on the roadway, they ask that you slow down, and when it’s safe, move over to the other lane.
These types of crashes are becoming more frequent according the State Police and can be avoided if drivers slow down and move over to give more room to work safely.
Assisting the State Police was Cicero Fire Department.