A Lysander man was killed Monday morning after his sport utility vehicle struck an ambulance on Interstate 81 South in Cortlandville, state police said.
Norman M. Moore Jr., 68, was driving a 2016 Nissan Rogue in the passing lane of I-81 South at 6:43 a.m. when a TLC Ambulance slowed down to enter the U-Turn area as it responded to a nearby accident, Trooper Aga Dembinska said.
The TLC Ambulance had its emergency lights activated, and was attempting to turn left to enter the U-Turn near Exit 10 (Cortland) to respond to the call on I-81 North, said Dembinska, a state police spokeswoman.
But as the ambulance turned, Moore's SUV struck the ambulance's driver's side.
Moore then lost control of his SUV, which spun around and struck the guardrail on the right side of I-81 South, Dembinska said.
The driver and passenger in the ambulance, both TLC employees, were not injured, state police said. The passenger quickly checked on Moore, who was unresponsive, and performed "life-saving measures," according to a police report.
Another ambulance arrived at the scene a short time later and took Moore to Cortland Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
No tickets have been issued at this time, but Dembinska said investigators are still looking into the crash. After the crash, troopers took statements from several people who witnessed the crash, she added.