Man charged with DWI after brutal 2-car wreck

A Fulton man was charged with driving while intoxicated Wednesday after drifting into the oncoming lane and crashing into another vehicle at approximately 9 p.m. in the town of Oswego. The Oswego Town Fire Department worked for 47 minutes to extricate the driver before he was airlifted to a Syracuse hospital. Town of Minetto Fire Department, as well as SUNY Oswego University Police, Oswego County Sheriff ʼ s Office and Menter Ambulance, assisted on scene.

OSWEGO TOWN — A Fulton man was charged with driving while intoxicated and was airlifted to Upstate University Hospital after crashing into an oncoming car in the town of Oswego late Wednesday night.

Gregory C. King, of 113 Rathburn Road, Fulton, was charged after he allegedly lost control of his 2000 BMW while traveling east on state Route 104 near Cemetery Road in the town of Oswego and crossed the center line, crashing into the westbound 2002 Jeep driven by Joseph Olmsted of Rochester, according to Oswego County Undersheriff Eugene Sullivan.

After being dispatched around 9 p.m., the Oswego Town Fire Department used extraction tools to remove King from the vehicle. Damage to the BMW was so severe it took crews 47 minutes to extract King, according to Fire Chief Greg Herrmann.

Menter Ambulance then transported King to the town's fire station where he was then airlifted by a Mercy Flight to Upstate University Hospital, Herrmann said.

Olmsted and his passenger declined any further medical treatment at the scene.

Sullivan said an investigation after the accident resulted in the driving while intoxicated charge and an additional traffic infraction. He noted that weather and road conditions couldn't be blamed, and Olmsted did everything he could to avoid King.

"Unfortunately for the westbound vehicle, they had nowhere else to go. He did all he could, he indicated he got right up to the guard rail," Sullivan said.

In addition to Oswego Town, the Minetto Fire Department, as well as the Oswego County Sheriff's Office and members of SUNY Oswego's University Police, all responded in what Herrmann called "a team effort." "Definitely a team effort, we couldn't do it ourselves," Herrmann said.

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