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3 killed in chain reaction New York crash

Three New York residents lost their lives in a three-vehicle crash in the Ontario County town of Phelps on Dec. 16. The accident occurred at approximately 11 a.m. at the intersection of Route 14 and Bostwick Road.

New York State Police said a 71-year-old Geneva man was driving his Buick sedan west on Bostwick Road when he ran a stop sign and hit an SUV traveling north on Route 14. The collision pushed the SUV into the path of a pickup truck headed southbound on Route 14. Two male passengers in the SUV and the pickup driver were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. The SUV driver was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital with undisclosed injuries. The Buick driver was not injured.

It took members of the Oak Corners Fire Department a few hours to extricate the injured and the deceased from the wrecked vehicles. The roadway reopened at around 2:30 p.m. The cause of the wreck is still being investigated.

In some auto accidents, the cause may not be readily apparent to authorities. An investigation may then be conducted to determine the cause, and it might take weeks or months for it be completed in some cases.

If a negligent driver is determined to have caused the accident, the surviving family members of those killed could file a wrongful death lawsuit against the at-fault driver for damages. With the aid of an attorney, a lawsuit could bring financial compensation that helps cover medical expenses, funeral and burial costs, and other losses.

Source: Daily Messenger, "Names released of those killed in Phelps crash", Aaron Curtis, December 17, 2014

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