College student among 2 dead in Cortland County crash

Cortlandville, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - Two people, including a college student, have died after a taxi van crashed just before 3 a.m. on Bennie Road in the Town of Cortlandville.

The Cortland County Sheriff’s office says the taxi was occupied by nine passengers, including the driver. 

The taxi was traveling west on Bennie Road when the vehicle left the roadway first striking a utility pole and then striking a tree.

The driver and one of the occupants were pronounced dead at the scene, the remaining 7 passengers were transported to local hospitals. 

The deceased occupant was a Tompkins Cortland Community College Student.

The school issued the following statement: 

“Today is a very sad day for Tompkins Cortland Community College. We are left with a heavy heart after learning of the death of one of our students. We share our deepest sympathies with the families and friends of our lost student, as well as those connected to the taxi driver who also perished.

As a result of this tragedy, we have canceled classes and the College’s counseling staff is available for anyone in need. The College is also working to assist the families affected by this tragedy in any way possible.”

One passenger was taken by helicopter to Upstate University Hospital and two were transported by ambulance. The remaining 4 passengers were transported by ambulance to Cortland Regional Medical Center.

The conditions of the other passengers are unknown at this time. 

The investigation is continuing.

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