Olympian's grandmother killed in Route 365 accident

(WKTV) - Less than two days after qualifying for her third Olympic appearance, Erin Hamlin is now mourning the loss of her grandmother, killed in a car accident in the town of Trenton, Monday morning.

According to the Oneida County Sheriff's Office, Joan F. Hamlin, 75, of Remsen, was a passsenger in a car driven by  Nancy J. Herrick, 78, of Remsen.  Herrick was driving westbound on Route 365 when she lost control of her vehicle on the ice- and slush-covered road. Her car veered into the eastbound lane, where it collided with a vehicle driven by David D. Eaton, 60, of the Town of Ohio.

Herrick was transported to St. Elizabeth's Medical Center before being transferred to Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse with multiple injuries. Hamlin was a passenger in the car. Hamlin and Herrick had to be removed from the car with the Jaws of Life.

Eaton was treated at the scene for minor injuries and declined further medical attention. The highway was closed for more than five hours as deputies re-created the scene.

New York State Police also assisted at the scene. The accident remains under investigation.

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