Rome accident sends woman and five-year-old to Upstate after car burst into flames

Car burst into flames, two transported to Upstate Medical Center

ROME, NY (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY) — A single-car accident in the City of Rome sent four people to Rome Hospital and Upstate Hospital in the early morning of Tuesday, Jan. 23.

Officers from the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office were called to the area of Oswego Road in the Outer District of Rome at approximately 8 a.m. for a report of the accident.

Further investigation found that the driver — 38-year-old Gary Niles of Blossvale — was traveling west when he went off the south side of the road.

As the car went off the road, officers say that the car struck a tree and burst into flames. Niles got himself and all three of his passengers out of the car. Two of those passengers were two and five years old.

Officers say a passerby stopped and attempted to extinguish the fire with a fire extinguisher but could not put it out completely. The Rome Fire Department was able to respond and completely put the fire out.

As a precaution, Oswego Road between Cherry Lane and Hogsback Road was closed to traffic for several hours. It has since been reopened to traffic.

According to testimony from Niles, he was traveling on Oswego Road when a deer ran in front of his car. Niles said he had his cruise control set and when he hit the brake and swerved to avoid the deer, he lost control on the icy road. Niles also said that his car spun several times before going off the road and striking the tree.

Niles was transported to Rome Hospital with cuts and complaints of leg pain.

The front-seat passenger — 32-year-old Jennifer Ryan of Blossvale — was transported to Rome Hospital and transferred to Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse for a possible back injury.

The two-year-old passenger was transported to Rome Hospital for a broken leg and the five-year-old was taken to Upstate Medical Center for a compound fracture of their leg. According to officers on the scene, none of the injuries appear to be life-threatening.

Sheriff’s investigators responded to the scene and have since reconstructed the crash. No citations were issued, and the investigation remains ongoing.

The Oneida County Sheriffs were assisted at the scene by the New York State Police, the Rome Fire Department, and the AmCare Ambulance Corps of Rome.

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