Pembroke (WKBW) Five people were sent to the hospital Thursday night after a near-fatal crash in Genesee County. The crash happened around 6:30pm Thursday night not far from the Pembroke exit of the New York State Thruway, when two vehicles hit each other head-on.
Firefighters on scene say an SUV with a female driver and three child passengers struck a pickup truck head-on on Indian Falls Road in Pembroke. The driver of each of the vehicles and one child passenger were all taken to nearby hospitals via Mercy Flight, the other two children were taken to a nearby hospital via ambulance. Firefighters had to cut the roof off of the SUV, and cut part of the side of the truck off, to get to the victims inside, and the vehicles had to be pulled apart by tow truck after the victims were safely removed.
Don Newton is the Chief of the East Pembroke Fire Department, and called the accident "a mess."
"Both vehicles were wedged together, it was very difficult to get in there and work on the patients. But we're all trained in this, to cut these cars apart with our extrication equipment, and we train heavily in this stuff," he said.
The crash is still under investigation at this time, but firefighters on scene say they have dealt with accidents in the same are resulting from winding roads, hills, and excessive speed.
According to the Genesee County Sheriffs Department, all five victims survived the crash and remain in the hospital. After seeing the wreckage of the crash Chief Newton says it's a miracle that everyone survived.
"Our guys do a very good job. I can't be more proud of them and what they've done here today," Newton said.