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Serious four-car crash in Penn Yan happened after driver thought vehicle was in park: One person airlifted to Strong Hospital

The Penn Yan Police Department provided an update on the multi-vehicle wreck that left one person with serious enough injuries that they were airlifted to Strong Memorial Hospital.

It happened on Main Street near Elm Street, according to police, who said four vehicles were involved.

Once on-scene, officers found an elderly male trapped inside his SUV, which had rolled onto its side. Police said in a news release that Sgt. Brandon Demond used a baton to break out the rear window of the vehicle, and remove the driver.

That individual was taken to Soldiers and Sailors Hospital via ambulance, but then flown to Strong Memorial Hospital due to severity of injuries.

Police did not identify that individual.

As investigation unfolded, police learned that the elderly driver had pulled up in front of a store on Main Street and thought he put the vehicle in park. The vehicle then began to role, and when he attempted to hit the brakes – instead hit the accelerator.

It caused the vehicle to cross the street – striking two parked cars – before flipping onto its side and coming to rest against a tractor-trailer.

The two parked cars were unoccupied at the time of the crash. The tractor trailer only sustained minor damage.

Police said they were assisted by the Penn Yan Fire Department.

RELATED: Photos from the scene of the crash in Penn Yan (FL1 News)

Photo credit: Lucas Day, Finger Lakes News Radio