Clemens Center Parkway reopens after car fire, multi-vehicle accident

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ELMIRA, N.Y. (WETM) – Traffic has reopened on the Clemens Center Parkway after a two-vehicle accident that caused one car to catch fire.

According to Elmria Police, a 2018 Subaru Wagon was traveling North on Clemens Center Parkway approaching E Water St. when a 2015 Honda sedan that was traveling South on Clemens Center Parkway conducted an unsafe left hand turn, failing to yield the right of way to the North bound vehicle. 

The vehicles collided in the intersection, causing extensive damage to both vehicles.  The Subaru continued north, crossing the hard median and came to rest in the Eastern most lane of the South bound portion of Clemens Center Parkway.

The front of the Subaru caught fire and was quickly put out by the Elmira Fire Department.

The elderly driver of the vehicle was able to exit the car right before the front of the car burst into flames. She was taken to a local hospital as a precaution for evaluation, the passenger of this vehicle requested no medical attention.  The driver and sole occupant of the Honda sedan reported no injuries and did not request medical attention on the scene.   

An off-duty Elmira Police Officer who was driving in the immediate area observed that traffic was continuing to drive past the vehicle on fire, some stopping directly next to it. This officer was able to position herself to prevent further traffic from coming into to close contact with the burning vehicle, thus preventing further injury and property damage.

As a result of the crash, both vehicles were towed from the scene due to damage.   The operator of the 2015 Honda was issued a UTT for failure to yield the right of way making a left hand turn in violation of NYS Vehicle and Traffic Law, section 1141.

The Elmira Police Department is asking any witnesses or anyone with information regarding this incident to contact the Elmira Police Department at (607)737-5626, or the tip line at (607)271-HALT.

The Elmira Police Dept was assisted by the Chemung County Sheriff’s Office, the Elmira Fire Dept, and Erway Ambulance.

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