New Hartford, NY (WIBX) - A distracted driver is being blamed for an accident in New Hartford.

Police say 21-year old Joshua Sill of Utica was driving a U-Haul truck on Sitrin Lane around midnight when he turned his attention to his passenger, 32-year old Craig Palmer, also of Utica.

The vehicle swerved and struck a culvert. The crash caused the airbags to deploy.

The passenger was taken to the hospital for chest pain. Sill was uninjured and ticketed for failing to stay in his lane.