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One killed, investigation ongoing after crash on State Rt. 96 in Covert

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office has provided an update on a serious one-car crash that happened on State Route 96 in the town of Covert on October 2.

Deputies along with firefighters from Interlaken, Lodi, Ovid, and Trumansburg were called to 8913 State Route 96 for a serious one-car crash around 3 a.m. that day.


Emergency personnel found the driver, Tacara Ortiz, 22, of Lansing was traveling north when her vehicle left the road – hitting a culvert – causing it to go airborne.

Firefighters and Trumansburg Ambulance personnel stabilized and extricated the victim, who later succumbed to injuries.

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office says the investigation remains active.



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