Six people were hospitalized, including 2-year-old twins who were ejected from a roll-over crash on Interstate 481. According to CNY Central, 19-year-old Gerald Johnson was traveling north on route 481 in North Syracuse around 12:45 a.m. on Tuesday when he suddenly lost control and hit a guardrail.
The impact prompted the 2016 Chevrolet Impala, which was carrying six passengers, to veer off the road and into a median where it flipped several times, ejecting the twins. The wrecked vehicle came to a stop near the South Bay Road overpass.
Deputies raced to the scene and were able to locate the twins—a girl and a boy. One twin was found “nearly 20 feet below the overpass on South Bay Road, and the other was also found shortly after the search began.”
The twins were transported to Upstate University Hospital where they are listed in critical condition.
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It was reported that the passengers in the vehicle are related to the driver, and they are believed to be between the ages of six and 15. They were taken to Upstate University Hospital with minor injuries.
Authorities say the children were “not wearing age-appropriate child restraints,” at the time of the Syracuse crash, which shut down “I-481 in both directions, between Exit 9 / Interstate 81 North and South (I-81 Watertown/Syracuse exit) and the portion of the highway where Interstate 481 ends.”
Sgt. Jon Seeber, an Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson, stated that alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the roll-over crash, but he did say that speed may have been the cause of the accident.
Johnson has not been charged, but deputies with the County Sheriff’s Office are still investigating the Interstate 481 crash.