Two-car crash results in pair of deaths; seven others injured
OXFORD – A two car accident in the Town of Oxford that took place at approximately 1:42 a.m. Sunday resulted in the death of both drivers and the hospitalization of seven passengers.
It’s believed that David C. Clark, 48, Oxford, was driving a 2002 Dodge caravan early Sunday morning westward on County Route 35 when an eastbound 2000 Ford Focus left its lane, entering into the westbound lane and colliding with the van. Upon impact the Ford Focus ignited. Oxford and Guilford Fire Departments were on the scene shortly thereafter and were able to extinguish the vehicle fire before it could spread to the caravan. Eight ambulances responded to the crash, including two from Oxford, two from Cooperstown Medical Transport, one from Norwich, two from Greene, and one from Guilford. Helicopters from Sidney-based LifeNet and Pennsylvania-based Guthrie also responded to the scene of the accident.
The driver of the Ford Focus, who has not yet been identified by authorities, was pronounced deceased at the scene. Clark was transported to UHS Chenango Memorial in Norwich where he later succumbed to his injuries and passed away.
All seven passengers – six who were in the Dodge caravan and one from the Ford Focus – were transported to local hospitals to be treated for their injuries.
“Situations like this are extremely difficult for first responders,” said Chenango County Chief Dispatcher A. Jones. “Luckily we don’t have a lot of accidents as serious as this. It certainly taxes our resources when we need eight ambulances.”
The New York State Police are still investigating the crash.
Five other motor vehicle accidents occurred in Chenango County over the weekend resulting in property damage and no reported injuries. – Kevin Doonan