Montezuma, N.Y. — A Port Byron woman and a woman from Clifton Springs were the two fatalities in Tuesday’s accident involving a car, a sport-utility vehicle and a school bus in Montezuma, the Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office reported.
Officials identified the victims as Dawn M. Wilder-Smith, 43, of East Loop Road, Port Byron, and Ann L. Eider, 73, of 20 Kendall St., Clifton Springs.
At about 6 Tuesday evening, Wilder-Smith was operating his 2007 Nissan SUV north on Route 90 when his vehicle crossed into the path of a southbound Seneca Falls Central School District bus. The SUV collided with the bus, as it continued running in the southbound lane and again struck a 2011 Kia being driven by Penny L. Eider, age 53, also resident of the Kendall Street address.
Officials said that the two fatalities who died on the scene were Wilder-Smith and Ann Eider were dead at the scene. Ann Eider was a front seat passenger in the Kia.
Penny Eider and her rear-seat passenger, Roger L. Eider, age 75, were both airlifted by a helicopter ambulance to Upstate University Hospital. Roger Eider, who is Penny Eider’s father and who also lives at the Kendall Street address, was pronounced in life-threatening condition se this morning while Penny Eider was in good condition, sheriff’s officials said.
Deputies identified the driver of the bus as James D. Fulkerson, age 54, and resident of 112 State St., Seneca Fall. Superintendent Robert McKeveny said that the bus was carrying 15 members of the district’s varsity wrestling team and two coaches back from a match in Port Byron to Seneca Falls.
One student was transported to Geneva General Hospital sustaining a very minor injury. No one else on the bus was hurt, McKeveny said. McKeveny said he and other school officials checked on all team members this morning to make sure they were OK and offer support over the long holiday weekend.
Investigators are trying to find the reason why the Nissan crossed into the oncoming lane. Officials asked anyone with information on the accident to call Detective Timothy Axton at 253-1132.
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