CATO | Four people were rushed to a Syracuse hospital Thursday afternoon when a SUV veered off a Cato road and flipped, landing in a cornfield.

At approximately 4:30 p.m., emergency responders rushed to Smithler Road — located between Shortcut Road and Route 34 — after receiving reports that a vehicle full of minors was stuck in a roadside ditch. Scanner reports said five to six children were in the SUV.

According to Lt. Michael Wellauer, of the Cayuga County Sheriff's Office, four people were taken to Upstate University Hospital to receive treatment for non-life threatening injuries. Two other people signed off on receiving medical treatment.

Wellauer said speed may have contributed to the crash. He did not release the identities of the six people involved in the accident.

After ambulances left the scene, investigators worked to piece together the accident.

The crumpled, mud-splattered vehicle sat at the edge of a cornfield, its wheels settled into ruts in the wet ground. Shattered glass and stray pieces of the SUV's undercarriage were strewn among crumpled corn stalks, while a pair of men's boater shoes and a lone woman's sandal lay next to the crumpled vehicle.

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