Remsen woman, grandmother of Olympic luger, dead after head-on collision in Trenton
Mon, 09 Dec 2013 18:04:28 GMT —
A deadly car crash in Trenton Monday morning claimed the life of the grandmother of an Olympic luger, Erin Hamlin.
The Oneida County Sheriff's Office says 75-year-old Joan Hamlin was pronounced dead at the scene. She was a passenger in a car that crashed head-on into another vehicle on Route 365.
Investigators say 78-year-old Nancy Herrick lost control on the slushy, icy road between the intersections of Krober and Mapledale Roads. She slid into the opposite lane of traffic, colliding head-on with another vehicle driven by 60-year-old David Eaton.
Herrick was transported to St. Elizabeth's Hospital and then to Upstate Medical Center, where she is being treated for multiple injuries. Fire personnel had to use the "Jaws of Life" to get both women out of the car.
The other driver, David Eaton, was treated at the scene for minor injuries and declined medical transport.
A spokesperson for the U.S. Luge Team told the Associated Press that Hamlin is the grandmother of Erin Hamlin, a two-time Olympic luger who recently qualified for her third Olympic games. Erin Hamlin, also of Remsen, qualified for the 2014 Sochi Olympics last weekend during a World Cup competition in Whistler, British Columbia.
Deputies said the stretch of Route 365 between Mappa Avenue and Mapledale Road in Barneveld was closed for five hours as investigators reconstructed the accident. The investigation continues.