Crash injures three in Ellery

Two area residents were taken by helicopter to the hospital following a head-on crash with a parked FedEx truck on Route 430 in the town of Ellery.

ELLERY — A head-on crash sent three people to the hospital Friday in the town of Ellery.

Police said Bruce G. Cobb, 80, and a passenger in a westbound 2007 Chevrolet Impala, Patricia Cobb, 75, both of Ellery, were airlifted to the hospital following the crash with a parked FedEx truck in the eastbound shoulder on Route 430. Both sustained head and possible internal injuries, state police said.

Once removed from the car, Bruce and Patricia Cobb were taken to Ellery Town Park where Starflight and STAT MedEvac helicopters picked them up and flown to UPMC Hamot hospital in Erie, Pa.

“We felt the injuries were serious enough that we asked for two helicopters,” said Jerry Raab, assistant fire chief of the Fluvanna Fire Department.

The driver of the FedEx truck, 61-year-old Rudolph P. Desanto of Erie, Pa., was taken by ambulance to UPMC Chautauqua WCA hospital after complaining of shoulder and neck pain. Police said Desanto was pulled off to the side of the road and in the back of the truck retrieving a delivery when the crash occurred.

The cause of the crash was not immediately known. No charges have been filed at this time, state police said.

Firefighters from Ellery Center and Bemus Point assisted Friday, as did Chautauqua County EMS and state police. An accident reconstruction team responded Friday to investigate the crash.