A minivan carrying a Canadian family rolled over on Interstate 81 last night, injuring one of the nine occupants seriously enough for authorities to airlift him to a Syracuse hospital, state police said.
The vehicle was traveling north before 10:18 p.m. when a deer crossed in front of it about nine miles south of the Alexandria Bay exit, troopers said. When the driver swerved to avoid the deer, the vehicle crossed over the passing lane and into the median, rolling over several times.
The woman driving the van and seven child passengers were taken to Samaritan Medical Center in Watertown for treatment of what state police described as minor injuries.
The other adult in the car, a male, was flown to Upstate University Hospital with head and possible internal injuries, troopers said.