Truck, van collision in Norwich injures two

New York State Police photo The sun rises behind the burned-out remains of a truck after a crash early Friday morning in Norwich.

State police at Norwich said Friday that two drivers survived an early morning crash between a delivery van and a tractor-trailer on state Highway 12 in Norwich.

Troopers said an investigation revealed that a delivery truck driver was driving south on state Route 12 at 4:41 a.m. when the vehicle crossed over and struck a tractor-trailer head-on.

The driver of the tractor-trailer attempted to move away to avoid being hit but was unable to, police said, and the tractor-trailer caught fire after impact. 

The driver of the tractor-trailer, a 45-year-old man from Lisle, was uninjured, said Aga Dembinska, Troop C public information officer. The driver of the delivery van, a 42-year-old Chittenango man, suffered non-life threatening injuries. He was transported to Wilson Memorial Hospital and later moved to Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse.

The roadway, which was closed following the incident, had reopened as of 11:53 a.m., Dembinska said. Police are investigating the cause of the accident. 

Shweta Karikehalli, staff writer, can be reached at or 607-441-7221. Follow her @DS_ShwetaK on Twitter.

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