One dead, one seriously injured in car accident

By Anna Norris

May 31, 2014 Updated Jun 1, 2014 at 11:52 PM EDT

Maine, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A vehicle crashed into a utility pole Saturday evening, leaving one person dead and one seriously injured.

The driver, Robert Norris, of Route 26 in Endicott, was pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital. The passenger, Penny Barton, of Maine, was admitted with life-threatening injuries.

The accident happened on Route 26, near Roberts Road, in the Town of Maine around 5:18 p.m.

Dispatch initially reported the two people unconscious and trapped inside the 1997 Chevrolet Monte Carlo.

A man riding by on his motorcycle saw the crash first and stopped to help.

The car hit a telephone pole, bringing power lines down. Eight people lost power and both the car and the utility pole were seriously damaged.

Responding firefighters successfully extracted Norris and Barton from the vehicle.

A helicopter was sent to the scene, but could not find a place to land, so both people were transported to the hospital by ambulance.

NYSEG was also called to respond to the power outage. Route 26 was closed to all traffic throughout Saturday evening while accident reconstruction and NYSEG crews completed their work.

The roadway reopened around midnight Saturday.

New York State Police, Maine Fire Department, Union Center Fire Department and West Corners Fire Department responded.

The investigation into the crash is still continuing, but speed and alcohol appear to have been a factor.

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