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Fatal crash in Addison NY

State Police in Steuben County are investigating a fatal three-vehicle crash in the Town of Addison. It happened Wednesday at 2:04 p.m. One person was killed.

On July 6, 2022, at approximately 2:59 p.m., the State Police responded to a call of a serious accident on State Route 417 in the town of Addison.

Prior to that accident call, several calls were made to both the Chemung County 911 Center, and the Steuben County 911 Center, of an erratic driver on I-86 westbound in the town of Corning.

Investigators believe that the deceased motorist, and lone occupant, later identified as Susan Elston, age 51, from Elmira, was driving erratically on I-86 and erratically on State Route 417 prior to the crash.

Elston who was traveling westbound, moved across the center lane and struck an eastbound vehicle.

The operator of the eastbound vehicle, and sole occupant, Manuel Hoppe, age 40, from Corning was not injured.

The State Police were assisted by NYS DOT, the Addison Fire Department, and AMR Ambulance.

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