Four people hospitalized after wrong-way crash on I-99

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ERWIN, N.Y. (WETM) – Four people have been hospitalized after a wrong-way crash on I-99 in Steuben County on Friday afternoon.

According to New York State Police, a preliminary investigation revealed 73-year-old Patricia Charwat of Horseheads, entered I-99 northbound at exit 8 in the wrong direction.

While traveling south in the northbound lanes, State Police say Charwat struck a vehicle in the passing lane head-on. That vehicle was driven by Mark Scott, 71, of West Deptford, NJ.

Police say Charwat then struck a third vehicle in the northbound driving lane driven by Melinda Phillips, 42, of Corning. 

Charwat was airlifted and Phillips was transported by ambulance to Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital to be treated for their injuries. 

Scott and his passenger were airlifted to Strong Memorial Hospital to be treated for their injuries. 

State Police say the investigation into the crash is ongoing. 

I-99 was closed for approximately two and a half hours for clean-up and to clear traffic. The Gang Mills Fire Department and AMR Ambulance Service assisted State Police during the response.

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