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Three troopers slightly hurt in two upstate crashes

OSWEGO/ MEREDITH  - State Police in Fulton are investigating a four-vehicle crash, that occurred shortly before 10:30 am, involving a marked State Police patrol car, on State Route 104 in the Town of Oswego, Oswego County
Trooper Michael Ruckdaschel, 31, was parked on the southbound (west) shoulder in a marked New York State Police SUV assisting a disabled vehicle .  A car, operated by Grant Davis, 23, from 35 Highmore Drive in Oswego, NY, was southbound on State Route 104, and struck a car, driven by Christopher Hughes, 43, from 29 South Jefferson Street in Mexico, NY, in the rear, causing it to strike the trooper's vehicle.  The Hughes vehicle then careened into the northbound lane where it side swiped a fourth vehicle, driven by Christopher Soper, 30, from 99 Crandall Road in Hannibal, NY,  resulting in both vehicles coming to rest in the northbound (east) ditch. 

Trooper Ruckdaschel was treated at Oswego Hospital for neck and back pain and released.  Injuries to other involved parties are minor complaints of pain with all subjects treated and released. 

In an unrelated incident on January 2, at approximately 10:40 p.m., State Police in Oneonta investigated a two car personal injury motor vehicle accident involving a State Police patrol vehicle on State Route 28 in the Town of Meredith, Delaware County.

The investigation revealed the troopers were seated in a marked patrol vehicle with all emergency lights activated, assisting a motorist that slid off the roadway, when their patrol vehicle was struck from behind. 

The operator Baburao Samudrala, 45, of Delhi, lost control of her vehicle while traveling northbound on the snow covered roadway.  Ms. Samudrala was not injured.

The two troopers were transported to A.O. FOX Hospital and treated for minor injuries.

Both accidents remain under investigation.