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Head-on crash kills two women, one child

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Shyara Concepcion and Tanya Sleight (Photo from family member) Shyara Concepcion and Tanya Sleight (Photo from family member)
Elijah, Tanya, Naomi, Shyara Concepcion and Matthew (Photo from family member) Elijah, Tanya, Naomi, Shyara Concepcion and Matthew (Photo from family member)
Elijah, Naomi, Matthew (Photo from family member) Elijah, Naomi, Matthew (Photo from family member)
Elijah, Matthew (Photo from family member) Elijah, Matthew (Photo from family member)

AMSTERDAM, N.Y. - A van crossed the center line on State Route 67 and collided head-on with a car Sunday around 6 p.m., killing two women, a 9-year-old boy, and injuring two other children, authorities said.

The car's driver, 33-year-old Tanya Sleight of Amsterdam and 39-year-old Shyara Concepcion of Staten Island died at the scene, the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office said.

Two children, 2-year-old Naomi Sleight and 9-year-old Elijah Sleight were airlifted to Albany Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. Family members tell NEWS10 Naomi suffered some broken bones and injured spleen and Elijah has suffered severe head trauma. Elijah died as a result of his injuries on Monday. Naomi is still listed in critical condition.

A third child, 7-year-old Matthew Sleight, was treated for minor injuries. Family members say he is now staying with his grandmother.

The relationship between the two women who died and the three injured children remained unclear early Monday. Some or all of them had recently moved to the area from Ohio, authorities said.

The van's driver and sole occupant, 68-year-old David Bain, was transported by ambulance to St. Mary's Hospital in Amsterdam with non-life-threatening injuries and was released Monday.

The investigation was focused on his actions prior to the crash.

"We got a report that he was driving erratically up Route 67 going east," Sheriff Michael Amato told reporters at the scene. "He went through the stop light at Mannys Corners Road. Shortly after that, the person that was on the cell phone with us advised us that... he had crossed the center line and there was an accident."

Police say there was no apparent sign that Bain was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, however he submitted to a blood test at the hospital, Amato said. If the results show the presence of alcohol or drugs in his system, he will face charges. It is also unclear if he may have suffered a medical event prior to the crash.

A third car ran into a ditch to avoid the crash, Amato said. Its two female occupants sustained minor injuries.

In addition to the sheriff's office, the Cranesville Volunteer Fire Department, Hagaman Volunteer Fire Department, and Greater Amsterdam Volunteer Ambulance Corps (GAVAC) responded to the accident.

A one-mile stretch of State Rte. 67 was closed from the time of the crash -- 5:52 p.m. -- until about 8:45 p.m. Traffic was diverted away from the scene.

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