2/10/08 Last Update: 10:00 pm One Person Confirmed Dead, White-out conditions caused drivers to stop vehicle.(Gates, N.Y.) -- Multiple emergency crews were at the scene of a 36-car accident Sunday afternoon on I-390 Southbound.
The accident occurred at the Scottsville Road exit on 390 South (Exit 17), near the runway of the Greater Rochester International Airport.
The southbound lane on I-390 re-opened around 5:45pm Sunday evening. The exit ramp to Scottsville Road remains closed.
One person, a 17-year-old female passenger, is confirmed dead. The person was identified as Le Ngo, from Rochester. Ngo died at Strong Memorial Hospital.
Another passenger, Lyubov Klepanchuk, 18, suffered internal injuries. She is listed in guarded condition at Strong.
There were reports of multiple injuries at the scene. State Police said some of the injuries were critical, and several of those injured were taken to local hospitals.
Strong Memorial Hospital confirmed nine patients from the accident were brought into the hospital, which included Ngo and Klepanchuk. Three people were treated, and later released. Two others were in satisfactory condition, and two were under ER evaluation.
Three people were taken to Highland Hospital. Two were treated and released, while the third person remains under ER evaluation.
Twelve people were taken to Unity Hospital (formerly Park Ridge Hospital), and all were treated and released.
State Police shut down traffic going southbound and diverted traffic off 390 at the Brooks Avenue exit.
Four fire crews and 23 ambulance crews were at the scene of the crash, with more than 60 rescue workers total involved. The NYS Department of Transportation assisted in the cleanup, and will continue to check out any conditions.
Those who were not injured in the crash waited inside buses (usually used for the RIT hockey team) to keep out of the cold.
Police say that whiteout conditions in the area was the cause of the accident. High winds blowing across the area created the conditions, with blowing and drifting snow.
State Police said there would be no arrests or citations issued for the accident.