(Update 2/20/2022) — Four people were transferred to the hospital with minor injuries following a multi-car crash on I-81 involving a State Trooper vehicle Saturday according to Police.

Police say at 3:35 p.m. a State Trooper was outside her patrol car, checking on a disabled vehicle, when her State Police patrol car that was parked with the emergency lights activated on the left shoulder of I-81 southbound was struck by a Jeep, operated by Antoinette E. Brackins, age 25 from Lake Bluff.

Shortly after the collision with the State Police car, Brackins’s vehicle then struck a Chevrolet that was also traveling Southbound.

Brackins and a 20-year-old male passenger were transported by ambulance to Samaritan Medical Center with minor injuries according to Police. The driver of the Chevrolet and a 20-year-old female passenger were also transported by ambulance to Samaritan Medical Center for minor injuries.

The investigation into the incident is ongoing.


JEFFERSON COUNTY(WSYR-TV) — Police say that due to low visibility, multiple vehicles crashed into each other on I-81, including one NYS Trooper Vehicle Saturday afternoon.

According to State Police, the Trooper was outside of her vehicle at the time and was not injured.

Courtesy of NYS Police

Police say that the incident occurred in the area of Interstate 81 southbound at exit 45, temporarily closing off the highway while tow trucks took away the damaged vehicles and cleared the road. It is currently unknown at this time if anyone else was injured.