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Massachusetts woman killed in Copake crash

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A Massachusetts woman is dead after police say she crossed the center line of a busy road in Columbia County Tuesday morning, hitting another car head on. The second vehicle was carrying two high school students headed to their school. YNN's Geoff Redick joined us from Columbia County with the latest.

COPAKE, N.Y. -- All that remains now at the intersection of Bloody Hill Road and Route 23 in the Town of Copake is a slightly bent guardrail and a lot of questions for investigators about what could have led to this deadly early morning crash.

This quiet country setting in the Town of Copake is disturbed thousands of times every day by speeding cars and speeding trucks. According to neighboring resident Peter Nielsen, the intersection at Route 23 and Bloody Hill Road has its fair share of crashes, too.

"I see them all the time. They go over there and they speed and they cross the lines and they don't care about nobody else," Nielsen said.

A similar crash happened Tuesday morning. Police say a small sedan driven by a 28-year-old Massachusetts woman crossed the center line. She struck a Jeep carrying two Taconic Hills High School students head on. The woman was killed. The students injured, but they will survive.

"Two students were transported by ambulance to Albany Medical Center, is our information, with non-life threatening injuries," said Taconic Hills Central School District Superintendent Dr. Neil Howard.

Police are investigating whether a distraction or medical condition may have caused the woman to swerve. But Peter Nielsen says there's a better way to eliminate more accidents along this stretch of road where hills conceal sight lines and drivers frequently speed.

Nielsen said, "I think we could have an emergency light, a blinking light up here someplace. Put one right out before they get over that hill. You know, that will probably be the best."

And counselors remain on hand at the nearby Taconic Hills School District for any students who are having difficulty dealing with this news. After a similar deadly crash involving students in the neighboring Pine Plains School District, administrators at Taconic Hills say they will use this accident as a teaching tool for their students.

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