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One female dead, two injured after car hits tree in Schuyler

By ANDREW DONOVAN

SCHUYLER, N.Y. (WKTV) - One female has died and two others are severely injured after their car struck a tree late Friday evening, according to authorities.

The accident took place on McKennon Road at around 10:40 p.m, in-front of house number 370. The tree was snapped in half due to the collision.

New York State Police investigators were still on the scene early Saturday morning to reenact exactly what could have happened. Troopers were using their own vehicles to test the possible speed the car was traveling at, using skid marks it left on the roadway.

Herkimer County Coroner Brian Roberts arrived on the scene at around 4:30 Saturday morning to confirm one of the females as dead. Roberts said that an autopsy is scheduled to take place Saturday at Little Falls Hospital.

The two others were pulled from the car earlier and sent to hospitals. One victim was taken via helicopter to Albany Medical Center for serious injuries. The other was transported locally to St. Elizabeth Medical Center. There are no details on the extent of either of their injuries.

Schuyler Fire Chief Robert Reska said that extra blood was brought to the scene from St. Elizabeth Medical Center, which is unprecedented. He said hospital administrators were woken up to approve the request.

He also added that an in-flight surgeon came on the helicopter, which does not typically occur.

A man claiming to be one of the female's fiances came to the scene looking for information. It is not clear which of the women was his fiance.

First responders said the car was badly damaged and wrapped around the tree, but fire crews used the jaws of life which made the car's condition look even worse.

Schuyler, Frankfort and East Herkimer Fire Departments all responded, along with New York State Police.

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