SUV lands in icy creek after crashing through bridge

By Jillian Marshall

December 27, 2013 Updated Dec 27, 2013 at 12:34 AM EDT

Richford, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A bridge in Richford was missing half its guard rail Thursday evening after an SUV slid off and into a creek below, forcing its two occupants into icy water.

Officials from the Richford Volunteer Fire Department said the call went out at approximately 4:30 p.m. Thursday.

The SUV was headed southbound on NY Route 38 near Owego Creek, when it crossed over the median and crashed through the guide rail.

After breaking through, the SUV flipped onto it's side and came to rest in the creek.

Firefighters said two people were in the SUV at the time of the crash. Both were able to get out on their own before emergency crews arrived.

Both victims were treated in ambulances.

Third Assistant Fire Chief Tracy Keener said at the time the investigation was complete on why the SUV veered off the bridge, but warns drivers how dangerous icy bridges can be.

"That is a factor," Keener said. "We have a lot of calls near bridges at this time of year, they do ice over faster than the asphalt."

Route 38 was down to one lane for about two hours.

Richford Volunteer Fire Department worked with the Tioga County Sheriff's Office and Berkshire Fire Squad.