Driver going wrong way on ramp, troopers say, in fatal Rome crash
An 88-year-old woman was killed after a head-on collision with a wrong-way driver on the ramp from Route 365 to Erie Boulevard in Rome Sunday morning, according to the New York State Police.
Troopers said Susan J. Caulfield, 72, of Schenectady, was traveling the wrong way on the one-way exit ramp around 9 a.m. when her 2017 Ford Explorer crashed head-on into a 2013 Volkswagen Jetta, driven by Kelly J. Larrivey, 55, of Liverpool.
Troopers said Caulfield was not injured in the crash. Troopers said she was tested for possible drug or alcohol use, and was negative for both. No charges had been filed as of early Monday.
Rome Fire officials said Larrivey and his front-seat passenger — 88-year-old Marjorie E. Larrivey — had to be extricated from their vehicle. Officials said Marjorie was freed first, and she was rushed to Rome Health by AmCare Ambulance. She was later pronounced dead, troopers said.
While firefighters were freeing Kelly Larrivey from the vehicle, officials said a fire started under the hood. Firefighters were able to pull Larrivey free while dousing the fire in the engine. Larrivey was air-lifted by Mercy Flight helicopter to University Hospital in Syracuse with non-life threatening injuries, authorities stated.
The crash remains under investigation.
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