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June 27, 2013

Nine hurt as van, truck collide

A total of nine persons — including six staff members of the Sherburne-Earlville Central School District — were injured Wednesday morning when a van carrying people headed to a training conference collided with a state Department of Transportation dump truck in Madison County, authorities said.

State police said a van owned by the school district hit the truck at Swamp Road and Fearon Road at about 7:25 a.m. The van’s driver, Austin Mullen, 43, was listed in serious condition Wednesday night at Upstate Medical University.

State police identified Mullen’s passengers as five teachers: Jennifer Howard, 40, Keeley Fenton, 35, Clifford Thomas, 50, Kathleen O’Connor, 52, and Sue Ellen Westbrook, 52. Howard and Thomas were being treated at St. Elizabeth Hospital, while Fenton, O’Connor and Westbrook were also transported to Upstate Medical, police said.

Their conditions were not immediately available. First responders had to use special tools to extricate those injured in the wrecked van, police said.

Police faulted the driver of the van for failing to yield the right of way to the 2009 Ford dump truck that was traveling north on Swamp Road. Police said the truck was struck on the driver’s side by the van, which was traveling west on Fearon Road.

The truck driver’s, Timothy Smith, 47, and his two passengers, Brenda Spaulding, 51, and Daniel Stetson, 54, sustained minor injuries, police said.

Police said Mullen was ticketed for failure to yield right of way at a stop sign.

The addresses of those injured was not immediately available from police

Troopers said the teachers were being taken to a conference at Driver’s Village in Cicero.

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