Olympian's grandmother killed in Route 365 accident
Dec 11, 11:30am EST
(WKTV) - Less than two days after qualifying for her third Olympic appearance, Erin Hamlin is now mourning the loss of her grandmother who was killed in a car accident Monday morning.
According to the Oneida County Sheriff's Office, Joan F. Hamlin, 75, was a passenger in a car driven by Nancy J. Herrick, 78, in the town of Trenton, New York. Herrick was driving westbound on Route 365 when she lost control of her vehicle on the ice- and slush-covered road. Her car veered into the eastbound lane, where it collided with a vehicle driven by David D. Eaton, 60, of the Town of Ohio. Deputies say the car crashed head-on with an oncoming vehicle.
Hamlin was pronounced dead at the scene after Hamlin and Herrick had to be removed from the car with the Jaws of Life.
Herrick was transported to St. Elizabeth's Medical Center before being transferred to Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse with multiple injuries. Eaton was treated at the scene for minor injuries and declined further medical attention.
The highway was closed for more than five hours as deputies recreated the scene. New York State Police also assisted at the scene and the accident remains under investigation.