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The Times
  • Driver in fatal Thruway crash listed in good condition

  • Officials upgraded the condition of the driver involved in a fatal Thruway crash over the weekend, but couldn’t release the status of two of the accident’s younger victims on Monday.

    Jennifer Hodson, 42, of Houston, Texas, was listed in good condition at Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, according to state police Public Information Officer Jason Jones on Monday afternoon.

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  • Officials upgraded the condition of the driver involved in a fatal Thruway crash over the weekend, but couldn’t release the status of two of the accident’s younger victims on Monday.
    Jennifer Hodson, 42, of Houston, Texas, was listed in good condition at Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, according to state police Public Information Officer Jason Jones on Monday afternoon.
    Hodson was driving a 2004 Chevrolet Express van with eight passengers inside it when they were headed east through Herkimer just around 1:09 p.m. Sunday.
    State police report while driving in the left lane, Hodson drove off the left shoulder into a dirt median, re-entered the road and overturned her vehicle several times before it came to rest on its side in the middle of both lanes.
    Herkimer County Coroner Vincent Enea pronounced Tanya L. Evans, 67, of Annandale, Va., dead at the scene of Sunday afternoon’s accident.
    Evans was transported to Little Falls Hospital’s morgue pending an autopsy.
    Five other passengers were treated and released from area hospitals during the overnight.
    The conditions of two other passengers — a 13-year-old male and a 14-year-old female — were not released, but officials said they were still being treated at Upstate Medical Center as of Monday afternoon.
    Jones said during a telephone interview he could not confirm the relationship of the passengers in Hodson’s vehicle or the type of injuries the victims sustained, but he did say they ranged from “minor to serious.”
    No cause for the accident has been determined as of Monday afternoon. Jones said no tickets have been issued and the investigation is ongoing.
    The State Police Troop D Collision Reconstruction Unit responded to the scene.
    No other accidents or injuries were reported.
    The accident snarled eastbound traffic on Sunday afternoon, as officials closed both eastbound lanes for four hours.
    Eastbound traffic was diverted off I-90 at exit 34A in Syracuse. State police and the New York State Thruway Authority devised a detour for the exiting traffic that sent traffic down I-81 to state Route 20. Drivers re-entered the Thruway at exit 25A in Duanesburg.
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