GENESEO – A Department of Correctional Services (DOCS) van carrying two corrections officers and an inmate who was scheduled for sentencing on drug charges in Livingston County court hit an icy patch and fell on its side Tuesday morning on I-390 North near Exit 7, injuring the driver and inmate, and trapping the inmate inside.
According to State Police, the corrections officer driver suffered an injured leg, and the inmate suffered a deep cut on the head that needed medical attention.
“The van hit a patch of black ice, ran off the road and turned on its side,” said Linda Folglia, Public Information Officer for DOCS. “The injuries did not appear to be serious, but they were taken to the hospital.”
State Police said that the van lost control and slid off the road, and struck an earth berm which flipped the vehicle on the passenger side, which has the door normally used to access the holding area of the van.
First Responders had to enter the rear of the van and cut away the back seats to extract Peterson. Peterson was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital, and the injured corrections officer was taken to Noyes Hospital. The other corrections officer was not hurt.
State Police said Peterson would have been tossed around and could have been badly hurt if he had not been wearing a seatbelt.
According to the New York State Department of Corrections, inmate Keion Peterson is currently incarcerated at Coxsackie Correctional Facility near Albany for Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, and was brought to Elmira Correctional on Monday for transport to the courthouse Tuesday morning.
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