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Head-on crash kills 1, injures students in Copake
TAGHKANIC -- Investigators are still trying to determine what caused a deadly crash in Columbia County Tuesday. Investigators say a 28-year-old Massachusetts woman died and two Taconic Hills High School students were injured when their cars collided near Bloody Hill road and State Route 23 not far from the school. Several other students at the school actually witnessed the crash.
It hasn't even been a full week since students returned to Taconic Hills High School. Two of their classmates are in the hospital, and police are asking them what may have happened on their way to school Tuesday.
"Upon arrival the sheriff's deputies got on the scene, it was a serious automobile accident at that point in time," said Captain David Bartlett.
Two students, Jordan Fuller, 17, and a 15 year-old were injured when their Jeep collided with a sedan on Route 23.
"From witnesses that have told us is that it seemed like the other person may have drifted over the yellow lines in to the students' lane," said superintendent Dr. Neil Howard.
A woman traveling in the other car died as a result of the accident. She has not yet been identified because police are working to notify next of kin. It wasn't raining when police were called. They're now trying to determine what happened, including the possibility that the woman may have had a medical condition or was distracted.
"Everything's under investigation right now," Bartlett said. "It's in the preliminary stages."
Howard tells CBS6 some students saw the accident happen on their way to school. "Our guidance counselors and school psychologists are available to talk with teachers and students who are having an emotional response," he said.
We're told Fuller suffered a broken leg. He his passenger were transported to Albany Medical Center. Sheriff's Deputies were headed to the hospital to talk with them Tuesday afternoon.