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Troopers ID Seneca Falls woman involved in fatal wreck; several others undergoing surgery at area hospitals

State Police say an 86-year-old Seneca Falls resident was killed in a serious multi-vehicle wreck in Tompkins County on Thursday.

Police said a Chrysler Pacifica van was traveling south on Route 89 when it crossed into the oncoming lane for unknown reasons. The van struck a northbound Toyota Camry before hitting a northbound 2010 Chevy Camaro head-on. Investigators found the Camaro took evasive action, moving into the southbound lane to avoid the van, but collided with the van as it swerved back into the southbound lane.

All vehicles involved sustained serious damage.

The crash took place on State Route 89 near Willow Point Road.

The driver of the van, who is from Seneca Falls – was flown to SUNY Upstate Medical and is undergoing surgery, according to New York State Police Trooper Aga Dembinska.

The passenger in the vehicle, Marguerite Cole, 86, of Seneca Falls died at the scene. The passenger was related to the driver, according to police.

The male driver of the Chevy Camaro, age 30 of Sayreville, New Jersey, and a female passenger, age 19 of New York City, were flown to SUNY Upstate Medical and are undergoing surgery, according to the Ithaca Voice.

They say the man was unconscious, while the woman was conscious at the scene.

Three helicopters were called to the scene. Two of them landed at Taughannock Falls State Park and one landed at Cayuga Medical Center.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

Trumansburg Fire Department, Ithaca Fire Department, Bangs Ambulance, New York State Police, Trumansburg Police and the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office provided emergency response. Emergency crews remained on scene until about 8 p.m.

Photo by Devon Magliozzi

Photo by Devon Magliozzi