Four cars were towed from the scene after an accident Thursday that snarled traffic for about an hour on East Hill during Ithaca's afternoon commute. The Ithaca Police Department, Ithaca Fire Department, and Bangs Ambulance responded to the intersection of Mitchell Street and East State Street at about 4:13pm to find four vehicles that had been involved, including one that had rolled onto its roof.
Firefighters removed the roof of one of the vehicles involved in Thursday's crash to extricate the occupants. Photo courtesy of IFD.Officers investigating the scene determined that a vehicle traveling west, or downhill, on Mitchell Street, Route 366 at that location, struck a vehicle traveling east, or uphill, on Mitchell Street. The car heading downhill then went through the intersection and struck two cars heading east, or uphill, on East State Street, Route 79, before rolling over and coming to a stop on the sidewalk.
The Ithaca Fire Department says Engine 9 from Collegetown's Station 9 and IFD Heavy Rescue Squad responded to the scene, and were able to use a new high-strength steel cutter to remove the roof of the vehicle that had rolled over to extricate its occupants. Police say the driver of that vehicle was taken to a local hospital, and the seriously injured patient was transported to a regional trauma center.
"The new intersection does not appear to be a factor in the collision," IPD public information officer Jamie Williamson tells us. The intersection of East State and Mitchell Streets was reconfigured beginning last summer to replace stop and yield signs with full traffic lights and walk signals.
IPD is still investigating the cause of the accident, and asks that anyone with information that might aid their investigation contact police dispatch at 607-272-3245, the administration line at 607-272-9973, the Crimestoppers Tipline at 607-697-0333, or the anonymous online tip form.