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Man critically injured in collision with tractor-trailer

August 9, 2018 10:38 pm Updated: August 10, 2018 04:48 pm

CAIRO — A 70-year-old man was airlifted to Albany Medical Center with serious injuries after the car he collided with a tractor-trailer Thursday, police said.

Frank Tafft was in critical, but stable, condition Friday and was receiving treatment in the Intensive Care Unit, said Lt. Tracey Quinn with the Greene County Sheriff’s Office.

Police did not know the town or county Tafft is from, Quinn said.

The crash took place at the intersection of Route 23 and Bross Street in Cairo just after 3 p.m., according to the Greene County Sheriff’s Office.

Tafft was traveling west on Route 23 and was attempting to make a left turn onto Bross Street when he steered into the path of an oncoming tractor-trailer, Greene County Sheriff Greg Seeley said Thursday night.

“It’s very obvious what happened — it was an unfortunate thing,” Seeley said.

Tafft, who was driving alone in the car, was taken to Albany Medical Center by a medical helicopter. He was treated for broken ribs and spinal and internal injuries, Seeley said.

“He’s in pretty rough shape,” Seeley said. “The car got waffled big-time. He’s lucky he’s alive.”

The tractor-trailer driver, who is in his 50s and not from the area, was not injured in the accident, the sheriff said.

Route 23 was closed between three and four hours Thursday afternoon as police combed through the accident scene, Seeley said. The crash remains under investigation.

The sheriff’s office investigated with assistance from state police and the Cairo Police Department.

Reporter Logan Weiss contributed to this story.