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August 8, 2013

Woman injured in Otego accident

A woman was air-lifted to Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown after an accident in Otego, fire officials said Wednesday.

The unidentified woman was driving a pickup truck, which went off of county Route 48 at about 1:35 p.m., officials said, and the truck hit a utility pole, which broke.

Oneonta and Otego crews spent about 5 minutes extricating the woman from the truck, J.R. Hurlburt, first assistant chief for the Otego Fire Department, said.

A landing zone for a medical helicopter from Sidney was set up about a half-mile from the accident scene, Hurlburt said, and an Otego ambulance crew took her there to be flown to the hospital.

State police at Oneonta said at about 5:30 p.m. that no information was available about the accident.

Hurlburt said after the utility pole broke, telephone wires came down but electrical wires remained in the air. About eight Otego firefighters responded to the scene, he said.

Linda Anderson, who lives on Route 48, said she was at her kitchen window when she saw a vehicle ‘‘go out of control.” She went outside to see what happened, then told her daughter to call 911.

Anderson said the woman in the truck told her she had tried to avoid hitting a dog in the roadway. The woman used her own cell phone to dial her husband, said Anderson, who spoke to him.

“He came right down,” Anderson said. The couple live in the area, she said, but she wasn’t acquainted with them.

Anderson said she didn’t see a dog at the accident scene. But there is a dog that wanders locally, she said, and she went to a neighbor’s house and found that that dog, which has sight and hearing loss, wasn’t injured.

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