Investigators in Ontario County Piece Together Crash That Injured Seven Teens
Seven teenagers were injured as a result of a a pick up crash in Ontario County Tuesday. The truck they were in lost control and rolled several times on Pond Road in the town of Bloomfield. Four passengers remain hospitalized.
They include 17-year old Jessica Henry and Joelle Henry, and 13-year old Meagan Henry. All are in guarded condition. Fifteen-year old Haley Dewey is in satisfactory condition.
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It was a chaotic scene for rescue personnel, tending to the injured, after a pickup truck rolled over on Pond Road in East Bloomfield. Seven teens were in the truck. Four of them thrown from it, during the crash.
"Based on the fact that we had so many people thrown from the vehicle that they were probably not all seatbelted in," said Investigator Gregory Shaffer of the Ontario County Sheriff's Office.
Investigators have spoken with the driver, 19-year-old Alexander Brown. They quickly determined alcohol or drugs were not factors.
Reconstruction teams did draw one conclusion.
"It does appear speed was in fact at least one contributing factor to the accident," said Shaffer.
It is a sharp curve on Pond Road with a posted advisory speed limit. Authorities say Brown lost control of his pickup truck rounding that curve. It then rolled several times.
Six of the seven attend Bloomfield schools. All are from the small Ontario County town.
Brown and two passengers were treated for minor injuries and released. The four thrown from the vehicle were hurt more seriously.
Shaffer says it hasn't been determined who was and who wasn't wearing a seatbelt, but wearing one surely makes a difference.
"This vehicle was damaged extensively, but the interior of the vehicle was pretty much intact, so the safest place to be is inside, strapped in," Shaffer said.
So far, no tickets have been issued. Investigators hope to speak with more of the passengers as they recover from their injuries.
"Very dangerous operating a motor vehicle on these country roads. Unfortunately we do have a lot of serious accidents."