GREENPORT — An Onondaga County man was airlifted to Albany Medical Center on Tuesday afternoon following a two-car, head-on collision in Greenport, state police Troop K public information officer Aaron Hicks said Wednesday.
David Lewis, 36, of Camillus, received back and possible head injuries, Greenport Fire Chief John Onufrychuk Jr. said. Lewis had lost consciousness for a time.
The driver of the other vehicle, Kevin Gazlay, 65, of Albany, was taken to Columbia Memorial Health with minor injuries, Hicks said.
At about 3:52 p.m., A 2016 Mazda CX5 was being driven north by Lewis on Route 9G, just south of the Greenport roundabout, when he failed to negotiate a curve and crossed over the center line, colliding head-on with a DHL delivery van driven by Gazlay, Hicks said.
After striking the van, the Mazda rolled over in the middle of the road, coming to rest on its side and trapping Lewis inside.
The van sustained extensive damage to the cab and came to rest wedged against a guard rail.
Gazley was able to get out of the van by crawling through a window, Onufrychuk said.
Columbia County 911 sent Greenport Fire Department and Greenport Rescue Squad to the scene.
Arriving fire and rescue crews worked to remove Lewis from the car. He was brought by ambulance to a landing zone set up at Columbia-Greene Community College, placed on a Life Net helicopter and flown to Albany Medical Center.
Members of the Greenport Fire Department set up the landing zone on the baseball field at the college.
Route 9G was closed for more than two hours between the roundabout and county Route 14 while the accident was cleared and state police investigated. Fire police detoured the heavy afternoon traffic along Route 23 and County Route 14.
Both vehicles were towed from the scene.
State police were assisted at the scene by Town of Greenport Police. The Columbia County Fire Coordinators assisted. All firefighters were back in service at 6:08 p.m.