Cortland County Crash With Ambulance and SUV Turns Fatal

A 68-year-old Baldwinsville man died this morning after his SUV struck an ambulance on Interstate 81 in Cortlandville, according to state police.

No one in the ambulance was injured in the crash, said Trooper Aga Dembinska, a public information officer for the state police.

The TLC ambulance, with its lights flashing and sirens activated, was going south to a different call about 6:40 a.m. when it slowed to make a U-turn near Exit 10, police said in a press release.

The Baldwinsville man was traveling south in the left passing lane when he struck the ambulance with his 2019 Nissan Rogue.

The ambulance was struck in the driver’s side, lost control and hit a guardrail along the right driving lane of the interstate, police said.

Emergency workers in the ambulance immediately checked on the Baldwinsville man, who was unresponsive. The workers cared for the man until another ambulance arrived and took him to Guthrie Cortland Medical Center.

The 68-year-old man was pronounced dead at the hospital, according to police.

Police are not yet ready to release the Baldwinsville man’s name, said Dembinska Monday afternoon, and the investigation is continuing. No tickets were yet issued, according to the release.