2 dead after wrong-way crash on New York State highway

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BINGHAMTON, N.Y. (AP) – Two people were killed after an SUV traveling the wrong way on a southern New York State highway crashed into another SUV carrying five people, including three young children, authorities said Saturday.

New York State Police said the drivers of both vehicles died at a hospital after the crash, which happened at about 11:20 p.m. Friday in Kirkwood.

Police said the 50-year-old male driver from Hallstead, Pennsylvania, was traveling west in the eastbound lanes of State Route 17. His vehicle then struck the other SUV head-on even though its driver — a 27-year-old woman from Windsor, New York – “attempted to take evasive action,” police said.

The woman’s 29-year-old male passenger, also from Windsor, and three children ages 1, 3, and 4 were riding in the vehicle. Police said the man was able to get himself out along with the children, who were riding in the back seat. The 3- and 4-year-old children were bleeding from the head and face while the passenger and the 1-year-old were not injured, authorities said.

The woman, after being extricated, was taken to Wilson Hospital, where she later died of her injuries. The other driver died at the same hospital.

A third vehicle was struck by debris from the crash, but its driver was not injured.

The crash remains under investigation. Police said the names of those involved would not be released until family members had been notified.

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