According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, twice as many fatalities occur on two-lane roads. 75% of two-vehicle head-on collisions occurred on two-lane, undivided roads. Head-on collisions are disproportionately deadly.
One of the leading causes of head-on collisions on two-lane roads is improper passing or passing illegally. In New York, passing is prohibited when there is a solid yellow line on the driver’s side of the roadway. It is also prohibited in a no passing zone demarked by yellow lines or signs. It is also prohibited when approaching a curve in the roadway or a crest or a hill.
WBNG reports that five people have been killed following a deadly crash on Route 79 in Richford.
The crash occurred on Sunday, June 28th on State Route 79 near the Broome County Line in Richford.
A vehicle with five occupants was heading eastbound on SR 79 and was passing a vehicle that was also traveling eastbound.
While the vehicle was traveling eastbound in the westbound lane, it hit another car traveling westbound.
Of the five occupants of the eastbound vehicle, three were pronounced dead at the scene. The two other passengers were transported to local hospitals. One was transported by air.
The two occupants of the westbound vehicle were pronounced dead at the scene as well.
The sheriff’s office reported that the investigation into the accident is ongoing.