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A serious accident in Bethany has one driver hospitalized today with leg injuries.

Bethany Fire officials report that at about 12:30 this afternoon, an unidentified male driver was southbound on East Bethany-LeRoy Road when he left the roadway and struck a tree.

Assistant Fire Chief John Szymkowiak on the scene says slippery roadways likely led to the accident - and the driver remained trapped for over an hour.

"Possibly due to some slushy roadways, he lost control of his vehicle and struck the tree on the driver's side,"
says Szymkowiack.

"The difficulty we faced (in extrication) was the location of the car to the tree," he continues. " It was pinned up on the driver's side. It appears that the front of the car struck the tree first, crushing the steering wheel and steering column into the subject's legs."

Traffic was blocked in that area for some time.

The driver was Mercy Flighted to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester with what are believed to be non-life threatening injuries. He was alone in the car.


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# Harvey McFadden
Thursday, February 03, 2011 4:00 PM
During adverse conditions it will often be noticed that it is the rear of a vehicle that loses traction first.
What the average person and some experts are not aware of is that there can be as high as 950 pounds or more weight on the front axle of their vehicle than the back. So a car that feels like a limousine on the front holds like a golf cart on the back
A 3000lb car with a weight ratio of 65% front weight and 35% rear weight will weigh 1950lb on the front and 1050 on the rear. After you use 10 gallon of fuel from the rear tank one of the front wheels has as much traction as both rear combined.
If you analyze single vehicle accidents you will find most of them had better tires on the front than the back or a very large weight difference. In fact the worst balanced cars have 4 times as many fatalities as cars designed with better balance. How are you going to tell how fast is too fast under these conditions when it is possible for a balanced car to handle fine on a slippery surface at 50 mph and an unbalanced car to lose control at 20 mph and both to feel the same to the drivers.
There are some good videos on the Internet showing how important the rear tires of a vehicle are. Also the Society of Automotive Engineers paper 2002-01-0553 shows any decrease of tread depth from new of the rear tires can contribute to an accident.

You can watch Front Wheel Drive Stability Test on youtube
# john bissell
Friday, February 04, 2011 8:51 AM
nf7tkzvery good info in previous post! i would like to add that most tire shops will not sell you and install new front tires only on mini-vans and similar vehicles.they know its an accident waiting to happen.

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