Updated 07/09/2012 08:43 PM
Victim of Deadly Crash in Livingston County Identified
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One person was killed in a chain reaction crash in northern Livingston County. It happened on Routes 5 & 20, just west of the village of Lima, around 2 p.m. Monday.
Investigators say an east bound utility van driven by 43-year-old Michael Cole of Lima was waiting to turn left when it was rear ended by a passenger van. The collision pushed Cole's van into the westbound lane, where it was hit head-on by an oncoming tractor trailer.
Cole was pronounced dead at the scene.
Routes 5 & 20 were closed for several hours due to the crash.
Police said no charges have been filed at this time but the investigation continues.
"We believe there must have been some sort of operator distraction, operator error, to have that rear-end collision happen, so at this point we're still here and trying to figure out all the things that happened," said Michael Dougherty, Livingston County Sheriff's Office.
Deputies say the driver of the vehicle that rear-ended the victim is 49-year old Russell Mosher of Lima.
Both he and the tractor trailer driver, 50-year old James Campbell of Pennsylvania, were taken to Strong Hospital for minor injuries.