Pregnant woman trapped in SUV after rollover crash on Thruway in DeWitt

DeWitt, N.Y. – A 42-year-old pregnant woman had to be extricated from an SUV after a rollover crash Thursday on the Thruway in DeWitt.

Around 8:55 a.m., two cars collided between exits 34A (I-481) and 35 (East Syracuse) when a 2012 Ford box truck attempted to change lanes and struck a 2017 Chevy Equinox traveling in the left lane, said Trooper Tara McCormick, a spokesperson for State Police.

When the box truck hit the SUV, the Equinox overturned onto the shoulder of the Thruway, McCormick said.

The 23-year-old driver of the box truck, Ryan J. Wills, could not see the SUV when he began to change lanes, McCormick said.

The passenger of the SUV, Lisa M. Lerche, who is pregnant, was trapped inside and needed to be extricated, McCormick said. She was unharmed but was taken to Upstate University Hospital for evaluation due to her pregnancy, she said.

The driver of the SUV, Eric Lerche, was able to get out of the overturned car before emergency personnel arrived, McCormick said. The 49-year-old from Amherst was unharmed in the crash, she said.

Wills was issued a traffic ticket as a result of the accident, she said.

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