It was a rough morning for drivers west of Auburn Wednesday morning after a three-vehicle accident caused Routes 5 and 20 to be closed to eastbound traffic near the Cayuga County and Seneca County border.
Eastbound motorists were diverted north and south onto Route 89 in Seneca Falls as a result of the accident, which didn't result in any injuries, according to the Seneca County Sheriff's Office.
The accident occurred at about 8:07 a.m. near the Seneca/Cayuga County line in an area known locally as the Montezuma Flats.
According to the sheriff's office, a tractor trailer driven by Todd A. Wilcox, 45, of 21 Hobson Ave., Auburn, was westbound on Routes 5 and 20 when an eastbound pick-up truck driven by Aaron L. Maybury, 41, of 1288 Hecker Road, Waterloo, tried to pass an eastbound state Department of Transportation salt truck.
Maybury's and Wilcox's vehicles collided and a ladder rack that came off of Maybury's pick-up truck due to the impact struck the westbound vehicle of Emily A. Carpenter, 40, of 7251 Potter Road, Auburn, according to the sheriff's office.
Routes 5 and 20 were shut down for three hours in the morning while clean-up took place. The Seneca County HazMat team responded to a fuel leak at the scene, and the state Department of Environmental Conservation also assisted.
Wilcox's and Maybury's vehicles were towed from the scene and Carpenter's vehicle was driven from the scene.