BREAKING NEWS: Tioga County Sheriff’s Office has released the names and additional details about the fatal crash Sunday, involving children, on Route 17 in western Tioga County.
The passenger vehicle was being operated by 38 year old Darlene L. Allen of Sayre, Pa., and was occupied by 7 year old Zachary D. Allen of Owego, 11 year old Trinity G. Allen of Owego, and 5 year old Nathan G. Slater of Sayre, Pa., all of whom were wearing the appropriate vehicle safety restraint systems. The vehicle hit a deer and slowed down. A tractor-trailer, which was being operated by 66-year-old Volodymyr Frolyak of Ontario, Canada, was also traveling eastbound and struck the passenger vehicle in the rear after unsuccessfully attempting to stop.
Zachary D. Allen died shortly after the collision. Trinity G. Allen was initially transported to Robert Packer Hospital and thereafter flown to Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, where she is currently reported to be in critical condition. Nathan G. Slater was transported to Robert Packer Hospital and released. Darlene L. Allen was transported to Robert Packer Hospital and is currently reported to be in critical condition.
On Sunday October 20, 2019 at approximately 6:43 PM, the Tioga County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a serious motor vehicle accident involving a tractor-trailer and a passenger vehicle on State Route 17 eastbound, approximately 2.5 miles east of exit 61. The initial investigation revealed that the passenger vehicle, a 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage hatchback, was traveling eastbound when it struck a deer and began to decelerate. The tractor trailer slammed into the rear of the passenger vehicle.
Owego-Apalachin Superintendent Cory Green issued a statement Monday afternoon that the district was made aware of the crash that “has greatly affected one of our Owego Apalachin families.” Green said crisis intervention teams were deployed Monday to Owego elementary and middle schools. The counselors will be at each school all week.
The investigation is ongoing and anyone with any information about this incident, or who may have witnessed, the crash is asked to contact the Tioga County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division at 607-687-1010.
The Tioga County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the New York State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit, New York State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit, Waverly-Barton Fire Department, Nichols Fire Department, Greater Valley EMS, and the New York State Department of Transportation.