A 75-year-old Remsen woman, the grandmother of Olympic luger Erin Hamlin, was killed Monday morning after the vehicle she was a passenger in went out of control on an icy, slush-covered roadway in the town of Trenton, Oneida County sheriff's deputies said.
Joan Hamlin was pronounced dead at the scene, while the driver – Nancy Herrick, 78, of Remsen – was transferred to University Hospital in Syracuse to be treated for multiple injuries, sheriff's Sgt. Matthew Bauer said.
Herrick was driving west on Route 365 between the intersections of Korber and Mapledale roads shortly before 10 a.m. when her vehicle slid into the oncoming lane and collided head on with a vehicle driven by David Eaton, 60, of the town of Ohio, Bauer said.
Herrick and Hamlin had to be extricated from the vehicle by fire personnel using hydraulic equipment, Bauer said.
Herrick was treated at the scene by members of the Barneveld and Holland Patent fire departments before first being taken to St. Elizabeth Medical Center, and then Syracuse, Bauer said.
Eaton was treated at the scene for minor injuries and declined medical transport, Bauer said. New York state troopers assisted at the scene, and the highway was closed for more than five hours as deputies re-constructed the accident, Bauer said.