During the winter more than ever, it's important to stay alert and drive safely while out on slick roads.

After some slippery early-morning conditions on Tuesday, New York State Police are now investigating a crash in Onondaga County involving a state plow truck and a tractor-trailer.

State Police in North Syracuse and the Onondaga County Sheriff's Office responded to the crash on I-81 in Cicero at 3:59 a.m. Tuesday morning, where they found both the plow and the tractor-trailer on the interstate shoulder. State Police said the tractor-trailer had struck the plow truck from behind, causing both vehicles to veer off the roadway.

Both the state plow truck operator, 25-year-old Stephen Brewster of East Syracuse, and the tractor-trailer driver, 55-year-old Rolando Merino-Rios of North Syracuse, were transported to Upstate University Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. Police also issued Merino-Rios tickets for "speed not reasonable and prudent" and for following too closely.

State Police are still investigating the incident.

The combination of slick roads, impaired visibility and slow-moving vehicles like plows on the roadways can pose serious danger if drivers aren't careful. Always watch out for snow plows and keep a safe distance at all times so their drivers can keep doing their incredibly important jobs.

And if we don't say it enough: When you see a car on the side of the road, MOVE OVER.

Photo Credit - NYSP
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