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Multiple Crashes yesterday in Cortland, Tompkins Counties

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Several accidents took place in Cortland and Tompkins County yesterday (February 27) morning, the first of which led to the discovery of a stolen vehicle in the village of Groton.

That crash was reported on Route 38 just before 7 am. Responding officers determined the white SUV had been reported stolen from the Village of Moravia.

The driver fled the scene and anyone who may have information that could help with the investigation should contact the Groton or Moravia Police Departments.


Meanwhile, two crashes happened within less than an hour of each other in Cortlandville, one of which sent a Marathon man and his three-year-old child to the hospital.

State Police responded just past 9 am to Route 11 near South Hill Road, where they say 25-year-old Benjamin Truitt lost control of his vehicle and struck a guardrail, crossing back over the road and hitting two parked commercial vehicles at LD Truck Repair before coming to a stop.

Truitt and the child were brought to Upstate Medical Center and treated for minor injuries. At this point no tickets have been issued, but the investigation is ongoing.


About 40 minutes later, local authorities responded to a two-car collision on Route 13 near Aldi supermarket that took out a telephone pole.

The Cortland Sheriff’s Office says 91-year-old Harry Newcomb, of Auburn, was traveling south when he cut off a northbound vehicle with a left turn and caused the two to collide, and the second vehicle to hit the pole.

Both drivers were uninjured and Newcomb was not ticketed.

Also responding were fire crews from Cortlandville and Dryden.


Around that same time, emergency crews in Marathon were assisting a Box Truck driver who rolled over his vehicle on Interstate-81 Northbound.

He was uninjured, but did need help getting out of his vehicle.


Additionally, TCAT was temporarily unable to serve its Stewart Avenue route because of downed power lines, which were originally reported as a house fire call.

Detours were in place in that area during the late morning for about a half hour.


Another Lake Effect system is expected to develop this evening and into tomorrow, with the possibility of a few more inches and gusty winds causing blowing and drifting snow.

Stay tuned with WXHC for real-time weather and traffic updates.

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