PULASKI, N.Y. (WWNY) - A 21 year old Fort Drum woman was seriously hurt in a crash connected to a collision allegedly caused by a driver who was using a cell phone.
State police said it all started Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. in the northbound lane of Interstate 81 in the Oswego County village of Pulaski.
Troopers said 22 year old Darien Hill of Watertown was using her cell phone while driving, lost control of the car and struck a pickup truck and guide rail. Her car came to rest facing south in the northbound lane. She was uninjured and was ticketed for operating a motor vehicle while using a mobile telephone and aggravated unlicensed operation.
After that crash, a vehicle driven by 21 year old Amber Mitchell of Fort Drum struck Hill's car, veered into the other lane and slammed into a tow truck parked on the shoulder of the highway.
Mitchell was rushed to Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse with internal injuries. Officials said she underwent surgery Wednesday afternoon and was in serious condition.
Two passengers in Mitchell’s vehicle were taken to the same hospital. Police said 21 year old Maddison Johnson (no address available) was treated and released. A 1 year old child was treated for a minor facial injury, troopers said.
A front-seat passenger in the tow truck, 20 year old Mikayla Ames, was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse with a minor head injury. She was treated and released.