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A serious accident in Bethany has one driver hospitalized today with leg injuries.

Bethany Fire officials report that at about 12:30 this afternoon, an unidentified male driver was southbound on East Bethany-LeRoy Road when he left the roadway and struck a tree.

Assistant Fire Chief John Szymkowiak on the scene says slippery roadways likely led to the accident - and the driver remained trapped for over an hour.

"Possibly due to some slushy roadways, he lost control of his vehicle and struck the tree on the driver's side,"
says Szymkowiack.

"The difficulty we faced (in extrication) was the location of the car to the tree," he continues. " It was pinned up on the driver's side. It appears that the front of the car struck the tree first, crushing the steering wheel and steering column into the subject's legs."

Traffic was blocked in that area for some time.

The driver was Mercy Flighted to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester with what are believed to be non-life threatening injuries. He was alone in the car.

 

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