Update: Three People Killed In Friday Accident ID'ed
The names of the three people killed in Friday's head on collision just west of Ogdensburg were released Saturday.
Two of the people killed were husband and wife, Albert “Al” Robinson Sr. and Georgia Robinson of NYS Rte. 180, Town of Brownville, according to an obituary from the Johnson Funeral Home.
The third person killed was Kristine K. Fitchette Bell, 51, of Dexter, according to an obituary from the Cummings Funeral Service.
Read our report from Friday...
Three people were killed in a two-vehicle, head-on crash just outside Ogdensburg Friday morning, state police say.
Two others were seriously injured. No names had been released as of 6 pm Friday, and 7 News reporter John Friot reported it did not appear likely the names would be released Friday night.
Friot said the people who died are all from Jefferson County.
The accident happened shortly before 10 a.m. on Route 37 toward Morristown, near the Stonefence Motel.
A Chevrolet Cobalt driving toward Ogdensburg apparently collided head-on with a Dodge Caravan minivan traveling in the opposite direction.
Frank Howie, a witness, said he was driving behind the car and saw it drift into the opposite lane, where it struck the minivan.
Howie said the car was not passing any other vehicles at the time.
State police tell Friot they don't know why the car crossed into the opposite lane of traffic.
The three people who died, all adults, were in the car.
A fourth occupant of the car -- a woman who was in the back seat -- was taken to Claxton-Hepburn Hospital in Ogdensburg in critical condition.
She was later airlifted by helicopter to University Hospital in Syracuse.
The driver of the van, a man who was that vehicle's sole occupant, was also taken to Claxton-Hepburn for treatment and later transfered to University Hospital in Syracuse in serious condition.
The van was registered to someone living in the Hammond area.
Victims from both cars were trapped and removed with the jaws of life tool.
St. Lawrence County Coroner R.B. Lawrence was on the scene Friday afternoon. The bodies of the victims -- two in front and one in back -- were removed from the vehicle after 1 p.m. Autopsies were underway Friday evening.
Troopers say one of the vehicles is registered to an owner living in Watertown, the other to an owner in Hammond.
A portion of the highway was closed for much of the day
A state police accident reconstruction team was on scene Friday afternoon.
Saturday, January 31, 2015, Watertown, NY
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