Crash injures nine, driver badly hurt

By Conor Mooney

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Crash injures nine, driver badly hurt

June 26, 2013 Updated Jun 27, 2013 at 9:50 AM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) A dump truck crashes into a van, injuring nine people.

New York State Police say it happened at 7:25 a.m. on Wednesday morning in the town of Smithfield in Madison County.

A dump truck owned by the Department of Transportation struck a Chevrolet van owned by the Sherburne-Earlville Central School District carrying school staff members.

Officials say the van failed to yield to the right-of-way of the truck.

The truck hit the driver's side door of the van and both vehicles overturned.

Paramedics took the six riding in the van to nearby hospitals, including the driver, Austin Mullen, 43, who was flown Upstate Medical in Syracuse.

Police issued Mullen a ticket for failure to yield to the right of way.

Three passengers of the DOT truck were also transported to nearby hospitals and treated for minor injuries.

Jennifer Howard, 40, Keeley Fenton, 35, Clifford Thomas, 50, Kathleen O'Connor, 52, and Sue Ellen Westbrook, 52 were all passengers in the van and taken to nearby hospitals.

Timothy Smith, 47, Brenda Spaulding, 51, and Daniel Stetson, 54 were in the DOT vehicle and suffered minor injuries.