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Leeds woman, 90, dies in Rte. 23 crash

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A state police vehicle blocks traffic on Route 23 at the corner of Five Mile Woods Road in Catskill.
July 10, 2018 08:51 pm

CATSKILL — A Leeds woman died as a result of a three-car crash at the intersection of Route 23 and Cairo Junction Road on Tuesday, according to state police.

The accident occurred around 3:10 p.m., according to state police.

A vehicle driven by a 56-year-old Leeds man with a 90-year-old Leeds woman as a passenger was traveling east on Route 23 when the driver turned left and struck an oncoming vehicle driven by a 34-year-old Windham man. That vehicle then struck a third vehicle stopped at a stop sign on Cairo Junction Road, state police Senior Investigator Pete Kusminsky said.

The vehicle at the stop sign was being driven by a 49-year-old Cairo woman, Kusminsky said.

The 90-year-old woman was airlifted by LifeNet helicopter to Albany Medical Center, where she later died, Kusminsky said. Police are withholding the identity of the woman pending notification of family members.

The Leeds man was also taken to Albany Medical Center and the Cairo woman was transported to Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson, according to state police.

The Windham man was treated at the scene for minor injuries and later released, Kusminsky said. The senior investigator did not have the conditions of the two other drivers. Police have not released the names of the other people injured in the accident.

Route 23 was closed to traffic at Five Mile Woods Road and state police were directing traffic to alternate routes around the accident scene. The road was reopened at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Kusminsky said.

“The investigation is definitely ongoing and charges are pending,” Kusminsky said when asked about factors that may have contributed to the crash.

State police was assisted at the scene by the Leeds Fire Department, Catskill Rescue and Greene County Paramedics, Kusminsky said.