A fire in Kirkwood displaced five families yesterday. The Broome County Office of Emergency Services says fire broke out in a 12-family apartment building on Route 11 just before 5:30am. The Five Mile Point Fire Department was the first on the scene, and reported large flames shooting from the back of the building. They requested mutual aid, and members from 10 other departments helped fight the fire. They were able to extinguish the flames, but the fire left 19 people displaced. They are receiving assistance from the Southern Tier Chapter of the American Red Cross. Investigators say a careless use of candles sparked the fire in a second floor apartment. No criminal charges have been filed.
Authorities have now identified the woman killed on I-81 North Friday morning near Kirkwood as 68-year-old Sandra Roloson. The Broome County Sheriff’s Office says Roloson was found lying on the roadway, and that she was run over by her own vehicle. Deputies say Roloson pulled over on the roadway for an unknown reason and got out of her car, but the vehicle was in reverse and rolled the woman over, pinning her underneath. Roloson died at the scene. The Sheriff’s Office is still investigating, and were assisted by the 5-Mile and City of Binghamton Fire Departments as well as the DOT. The accident occurred near Exit 3 on I-81 North in Kirkwood just before 6am.
One person is dead and another sent to the hospital following a traffic accident between a passenger vehicle and tractor trailer early this morning. The accident occurred at about 1:45am on Route 17 Eastbound in Windsor. The accident occurred when the tractor trailer struck a disabled Jeep which was parked on side of the road. Both the Jeep and tractor trailer ended up over an embankment off the roadway. The driver of the Jeep was pronounced dead on scene. The driver of the tractor trailer was taken to UHS Wilson Hospital for head injuries. Traffic on that stretch of highway was diverted for several hours as emergency personnel worked to clear the scene.
Authorities have released additional details on the traffic accident involving a New York State Trooper on Friday. New York State Police say that 66-year-old John Roote of Morris was driving the wrong way on Route 17 in the Town of Kirkwood when he struck a New York State Police SUV head-on. The trooper behind the wheel of the SUV, 55-year-old Steven Meyer, is said to have taken evasive action to attempt to avoid the collision. Roote is said to have died on-scene due to multiple internal injuries. Meyer receive treatment of minor injuries. The results of a toxicology report on Roote are still pending.
New York State Police and the American Red Cross are working together to put on the 2nd annual memorial blood drive for fallen Trooper Christopher Skinner. Trooper Skinner was intentionally struck by a passing car while issuing a ticket on Interstate-81 in May of 2014. The blood drive is scheduled for next Wednesday, December 30th from 12-5 at the State Police Barracks in Kirkwood.
Lourdes Hospital kicks off their 9th annual Camp Hope for Kids. The camp will run today through Thursday from 9-4, at Camp Sertoma in Kirkwood. The camp is organized through Lourdes hospice program, and is designed for kids who are currently grieving the recent loss of a loved one. The camp aims at bringing grieving children together to show them that they are not alone. Also, the camp teaches children lifelong coping skills.
Multiple injuries were reported as a result of a motor vehicle accident on Route 11 in Kirkwood. According to authorities, a pick-up truck was turning into a driveway when it cut off a sedan. The driver of the car was forced into oncoming traffic to avoid hitting the truck, whereupon it collided head-on with another vehicle. The crash sent at least five people to the hospital, and closed down the heavily-travelled Route 11 for nearly an hour.
The Broome County Sherriff’s Office arrested a woman who’s accused of driving a car the wrong way on the highway. Early Saturday morning, just before 4 a.m., deputies arrested Jennifer Kemmerer of Little Meadows near exit 1 in Kirkwood. Deputies responded to several 911 calls on I-81 in the towns of Dickinson and Kirkwood regarding a car traveling southbound in the northbound lane. The car did not initially stop for deputies until it turned sideways in the road. Kemmerer performed field sobriety tests and it was determined that she was intoxicated. She was later taken to the sheriff’s office for further processing including a breath test where her blood alcohol content was measured to be 0.18 percent. She was charged with DWI, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, and other charges. She was released and will appear in the Town of Kirkwood Court at a later date.