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Two people hospitalized following four-vehicle crash in Massena


MASSENA - Massena-based state police are investigating a four-vehicle accident Thursday night that left a Massena woman with serious injuries.

Troopers said they responded to a report of a head-on collision at approximately 8:20 p.m. Thursday on state Route 37, approximately 1,000 feet east of the entrance to the U.S. port of entry, in the town of Massena.

They said their investigation revealed two other vehicles had also been involved in the accident.

Troopers said a full-size Ford pickup being operated by a male in his 20s from Akwesasne was eastbound on Route 37 on a two-lane stretch of the roadway when he rear-ended an eastbound truck being operated by a Cornwall, Ont., resident. That truck then tapped the rear end of a car in front of him being operated by a Cornwall, Ont., woman.

The pickup truck being operated by the Akwesasne man veered to its left after striking the truck and collided head-on with a westbound Mazda car being operated by a woman in her 50s from Massena.

Troopers said the Massena woman was transported to Massena Memorial Hospital with what were described as serious injuries and the male from Akwesasne was also transported to Massena Memorial for treatment of injuries he sustained in the crash.

A portion of Route 37 between the entrance to the U.S. Customs station and the Franklin County line was closed for approximately an hour and a half Thursday night.

Troopers were assisted at the scene by Massena Rescue, Akwesasne Rescue and the Massena Fire Department.

Troopers said they were in the preliminary stages of their investigation Thursday night, but they said they expected to be filing charges against the driver of the pickup truck that struck two of the vehicles.

They said the driver of the second pickup truck and the driver and passenger of the car it rear-ended were not injured.

The names of the accident victims were expected to be available Friday morning.

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