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Skaneateles man rescued from burning vehicle, three deputies hospitalized

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A serious two-car accident in Marcellus on Tuesday morning left a Skaneateles man in critical condition and several others, including three sheriff’s deputies hospitalized.

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The accident occurred around 9:15 a.m. at the intersection of Lee Mulroy Road and Bishop Hill Road, as reported by the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office.

Trey Michel, 19, driving a Jeep, was critically injured when his vehicle flipped over and caught fire following the collision.

Skaneateles man rescued from burning vehicle, three deputies hospitalized

Deputies Katrina Kilmer, Nicholas Cramer, and Michael Russo, along with off-duty Liverpool Fire Department Deputy Chief Joseph Santaro and several good Samaritans, heroically rescued Michel from the burning vehicle.

They used fire extinguishers to control the flames and broke the driver’s side window to extricate him. Michel was subsequently rushed to Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse in critical condition.

The deputies involved in the rescue suffered smoke inhalation, with Russo also sustaining minor burns. Kilmer and Cramer were released from the hospital that evening, while Russo was admitted to Upstate Community Hospital.

The occupants of the other vehicle involved in the crash, Patrick Strodel, 59, and Rebecca Markus, 55, were also transported to Syracuse for medical treatment. Strodel was treated and released, whereas Markus remained hospitalized with minor injuries. The crash is currently under investigation by local authorities, and no tickets have been issued as of the latest reports.