A vehicle driven by a man believed to be under the influence of opioids slammed into three cars and a dump truck on a busy roadway in Vestal.

Authorities say 44-year-old Ronald Seeley of Smithville Flats was arrested after the harrowing series of crashes that sent another driver to the hospital.

Vestal police and towing crews on Route 26 after a series of collisions. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

According to Vestal police, the first crash on Route 26 was reported at 3:08 p.m. Tuesday.

A southbound Dodge Durango SUV driven by Seeley hit another southbound vehicle, then struck 2 northbound vehicles and collided with another southbound car. The out-of-control SUV veered off the west side of the roadway and plunged down an embankment.

A man who was driving one of the cars was taken to a hospital for treatment of moderate injuries.

Medics administered a dose of the opioid reversal medication to Seeley.

The 2013 Dodge Durango after it was pulled up an embankment. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

Police say Seeley has been charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs and reckless endangerment. He also was cited for several vehicle and traffic violations.

Route 26 between the Vestal Parkway and Pierce Hill Road was closed for about two hours after the crashes.

A toilet was found in the back of an SUV that crashed into four other vehicles in Vestal on October 9, 2018. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

Contact WNBF News reporter Bob Joseph: bob@wnbf.com

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