Wrong-Way Driver Accident Kills Two
CHENANGO, N.Y. (AP) _ An 82-year-old woman who drove the wrong way for two miles on an interstate highway was killed along with a woman in another vehicle when the two vehicles struck head-on, police said Saturday.
Katherine Volk, 82, of Susquehanna, Pa., apparently was confused and turned north into southbound traffic when she got onto Interstate 81 in Chenango about 3 p.m. Friday, Broome County sheriff’s officials said.
Motorists frantically blew their horns and flashed their lights to warn Volk, but she failed to turn around, said deputy Raymond Schaffer said.
Volk’s car struck a four-wheel-drive vehicle carrying a family of five home to New Jersey after a Thanksgiving Day visit to relatives in Syracuse, police said.
Killed was Kathy Nallen, 38, of Hackettstown, N.J. Mrs. Nallen’s aunt Evelyn Hostomsky, 71, was in serious condition Saturday at Lourdes Hospital in Binghamton.
Mrs. Nallen’s husband, John, 44, who had been driving the vehicle, and their two children were treated for minor injuries.
The accident happened about 10 miles north of the New York-Pennsylvania state line.