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      Infant dies in Watertown crash on I-81

      A baby is dead after a crash Saturday morning in Watertown.

      N ew York State Police say 21-year-old Quartez Smith was driving south on I-81 near the Watertown Center exit around 5:30 am when he reportedly became drowsy. His 2003 Chevy Trailblazer left the highway and went into the median, hitting an earth embankment at U-turn number 36.

      The car became airborne and hit a portable trailer holding an electronic Department of Transportation sign parked in the U-turn. State police said the vehicle landed in the median just south of the U-turn and flipped several times.

      T he five-month-old infant was airlifted to Upstate University Hospital and later pronounced dead.

      Smith and two other adults were treated for minor injuries.

      P olice say the family lives in Virginia and was traveling home after a visit to Canada.

      State police are continuing to investigate.