Rollover accident shuts down 31 in Murray for several hours
Albion man hospitalized after crash near Hulberton Road
Press release, Orleans County Sheriff Scott Hess
MURRAY – An Albion man is hospitalized following a two-vehicle crash this morning involving his car and an 18-wheeled tractor-trailer truck.
The incident occurred at about 10:15 a.m. at the intersection of State Route 31 and Hulberton Road in the town of Murray.
Frank Kania IV, 18, was the sole occupant while operating a 1993 Ford Escort travelling south on Hulberton Road. Kania failed to yield right-of-way and entered the intersection into the path of the east bound tractor-trailer truck.
The truck driver took evasive action but was unable to completely avoid striking the car. Following the collision, the truck ran off the north side of the roadway into a ditch, struck a utility pole, and over-turned on its side.
Kania was transported by Monroe Ambulance to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.
The driver and sole occupant of the truck is identified as Zdenek Smykal, 43, of Palatine, Ill. Smykal was not injured. The truck is owned by Vodik Transport Inc., of Deerfield, Illinois. The enclosed refrigerated trailer was loaded with blueberries and frozen food. It is not yet known if the load was compromised by the crash.
In addition to the Sheriff’s Office, the incident brought a response from the Holley, Clarendon, and FHM (Fancher-Hulberton-Murray) fire departments.
State Route 31 between Hulberton and Lake roads remained closed at 5:45 p.m.
The incident remains under investigation by Deputy A.L. Jenks, assisted by Deputy K.J. Colonna, Sergeant D.W. Covis, and Investigator D.E. Foeller Jr.