Police Identify Victims In Head-On Crash Near Copenhagen

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A head-on crash Monday morning near Copenhagen sent two men to the hospital and closed Route 12 for several hours.

Officials say a car and a pickup truck collided around 10:45 a.m.

The car skidded off the road and the truck flipped over several times before coming to rest on its top.

State police said a car driven by 44 year old Todd Beyer of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, was traveling southbound and crossed the center line.

He struck a vehicle driven by 60 year old James Lee of Turin.

Driver Amanda Pisarski witnessed the crash.

"I looked up in my rearview mirror and saw them hit head-on in the middle of the road. The truck went flying up in the air just rolling and the car spun out of control and onto the side of the road," she said.

Pisarski pulled her car over to help the victims.

"I went to the car first and the guy told me it was just him. Then I ran to the truck and that guy was just screaming for help," she said.

Rescue crews used the jaws of life to free the accident victims.

Both men were airlifted to Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse for treatment.

They were both listed in fair condition Tuesday morning.

Jefferson County emergency officials closed the highway from the Switzer Road in the town of Champion to the Jefferson-Lewis county border.

It was reopened around 12:45 p.m.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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