4 Injured In Route 37 Accident

4 Injured In Route 37 Accident

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Four people are reported to be seriously hurt following a two-vehicle crash on State Route 37 in the town of Pamelia Friday morning.

State police tell 7 News reporter John Moore, who was at the scene, that a Ford Explorer Sport Trac was heading south when it slowed to turn left onto Waddingham Road.

A box truck with with "Hart's Town and Repair" on the side rear-ended the other vehicle, sending both off the road. Both vehicles overturned.

The driver of the truck was airlifted from the scene and the driver of the Ford Explorer and her two children were taken to Samaritan Medical Center in Watertown.

A state trooper said all the injuries were serious.

Staff Sgt. Anthony McCormack, a Fort Drum soldier and former EMT from California, was first on the scene and helped the mother and her two children from the Ford Explorer. 

McCormack told Moore the driver of the truck freed himself and had severe cuts.

At one point, McCormack said, he thought one of the children, a baby, was dead, but the infant woke up after being handed off to emergency personnel.

"I initially thought she was dead on arrival, that she had deceased in the rollover. Then the baby started to cry," McCormack said.  "I was able to tell that she was breathing and that she was responsive. I was able to unstrap the car seat and get her out of the vehicle. And then once the EMTs arrived and started holding her, she went right back to sleep."

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