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New York crash claims life of Stoney Creek woman

The Hamilton Spectator

A Stoney Creek woman is dead and a Hamilton woman and her four-month-old baby were injured in a fiery crash on a New York thruway caused by a wrong-way driver.

The local trio were southbound in a minivan on Interstate 87 in the town of New Baltimore, about 25 kilometres south of Albany, when the head-on crash happened around 1 a.m. Friday, said New York State Police.

Police said they do not know why or for how long Julian With, 43, of Coxsackie, was driving north in the southbound lanes. With’s car burst into flames during the crash.

Both With and Carol Dion of Stoney Creek, a passenger in the other vehicle, a minivan, were pronounced dead at the scene. The minivan’s driver, Karen Weller, 39, of Hamilton and her four-month-old baby, Tajaye, were rushed to Albany Medical Centre.

Your News Now (YYN) Hudson Valley reported that the Hamilton trio had been travelling to the Bronx to visit family and that the baby was thrown from the car during the crash.

A hospital spokesperson said the baby is in serious condition. They had no information on Karen Weller.

Senior Investigator Scott Youngblood told YYN that With got into trouble with the Bethlehem Police Department earlier Thursday for allegedly violating an order of protection. But it’s unclear if this had something to do with his behaviour.

Police are awaiting autopsy results, including toxicology.

North and southbound lanes are separated by a median in that section of the Thruway.

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