Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 9:27 am
A car has reportedly struck a pole in the area of 11017 South Street Road, Pavilion.
A person is pinned in the car. Wires are down.
Injuries are possible.
Pavilion Fire and Mercy EMS dispatched.
Le Roy's rescue requested to the scene.
UPDATE 9:31 a.m.: Mercy Flight dispatched.
UPDATE(s) by Billie 9:36 a.m.: Mercy Flight #5 is airborne.
UPDATE 9:40 a.m.: Mercy Flight has landed. National Grid is expected to arrive in 20 minutes for repairs.
UPDATE 9:50 a.m.: National Grid is on scene.
UPDATE 10:11 a.m.: The victim has been extricated.
UPDATE 10:17 a.m.: Mercy Flight is in the air, going to Strong Memorial Hospital.
UPDATE 10:47 a.m.: Howard at the scene reports that officials believe the seriously injured driver may have fallen asleep at the wheel of his pickup truck. He appears to be in his mid-40s. It took at least 45 minutes for rescuers to extricate the victim. They had to use a winch to pull the front of the cab from the rear of the truck. The man was conscious and able to talk throughout the rescue effort. He suffered serious injuries to his legs and chest, and possibly internal injuries.
UPDATE 11:30 a.m. (by Howard): The truck's front end was heavily damaged and the pole was sheared in half. The wires were pulled off the house at that location and a second pole near the house was on the ground. The truck came to rest in a cornfield. Pavilion Assistant Chief Dewey Murrock said, "When I first pulled up, I thought it was going to be very bad, but he was awake and talking. I was actually surprised at that." We'll post pictures from the scene after we receive word that family notifications have been completed.
UPDATE 12:10 p.m.: Family notifications completed, but we don't have the victim's name yet.
UPDATE 12:21 p.m.: The driver is identified as Steven Lantz, 47, of North Street, Le Roy.
UPDATE 5:22 p.m.: Lantz is listed in satisfactory condition, according to the Sheriff's Office.