Thursday’s three-vehicle crash on State Route 13 in Schuyler County that killed a Steuben County woman and critically injured a Schuyler County man hits home for me – I commute to and from my Schuyler County home to Elmira office on Route 13 and I have handled several fatal crashes involving people traveling on Route 13.
State Police and the Schuyler County Sheriff’s Department said Annette M. Osborn, 50, of Campbell, was killed when her southbound vehicle crossed the center line and struck two other vehicles about a mile and a half north of the intersection with State Route 224 in Alpine Junction. I hope Ms. Osborn was not texting when she crossed the road.
I say that because I see many people texting while driving on Route 13. In fact, just last week my son had to swerve his motorcycle to avoid colliding with a texting driver who wandered into his lane.
As part of their investigation, I expect the police will be obtaining the driver’s phone records in an effort to determine if she was texting.
Police said at about 1 p.m. Thursday, Osborn’s vehicle struck the side of a car driven by Corrine B. Taylor, 25, of Elmira, and then struck a truck head-on that was being driven by Douglas M. Collins, 34, of Cayuta.
Taylor was transported by ambulance to Cayuga Medical Center in Ithaca for treatment of minor injuries.
Collins and a passenger, Brian L. McClean Jr., 22, of Cayuta, were transported to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, where they were each treated for several broken bones, police said.
Collins was in critical condition Friday, police said, and McClean was treated and released on Thursday.
Our thoughts today are with the family and friends of Ms. Osborn, Mr. McClean and Mr. Collins.
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