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A fatal crash closed Route 365 for several hours on Dec. 9, according to local law enforcement. New York authorities responded to the car accident that took place near the town of Trenton. The accident is still under investigation, but it appears that inclement weather may have played a role in the tragedy.

According to preliminary reports, it appears that a vehicle driven by a 78-year-old woman went out of control and crossed the center line into the oncoming lane. The vehicle struck another vehicle driven by a 60-year-old man head-on. The resulting crash caused extreme damage to the woman’s car, forcing first responders to use the jaws of life to extricate her and her 75-year-old female passenger.

The passenger was gravely injured in the accident and was pronounced dead at the scene by arriving medical personnel. The driver was rushed to a local hospital with a variety of injuries of unknown severity. The driver of the other vehicle was treated on-site for minor injuries but declined further medical assistance. Police have reason to believe ice and slush on the roads was a contributing factor to the accident, but their investigation is ongoing. No charges have been filed at this time.

Residents of New York are aware of how dangerous roads can become during this time of year, when snow and ice often blanket the area. Traffic laws require drivers to take extra care while operating their vehicles in such inclement weather. If the investigation reveals the female driver was not operating her vehicle in a manner consistent with the conditions, she could face criminal charges in connection with the car accident. Regardless, the next-of-kin of her passenger may choose to file a wrongful death lawsuit against her. This type of claim would be overseen in a civil court, separate from any criminal charges that might arise.

Source: wibx950.com, [UPDATE] Names Released In Fatal Accident On Route 365, Luke Tubia, Dec. 9, 2013