A serious car accident on Route 3 resulted in the death of a 34-year-old Waterloo woman on Jan. 31. The incident occurred at approximately 8 p.m. near the border of Monroe County and Randolph County. Three vehicles were involved, and many individuals suffered injuries, including four children.
The catalyst for the accident appeared to be the crossing of a Ford Explorer into oncoming traffic. The 63-year-old man driving the vehicle was heading east when he moved into the opposite lane and struck two other vehicles. The decedent was a passenger in a GMC Acadia. The vehicle's driver, a 36-year-old man, and four children were transported to an area hospital to be treated for the injuries suffered. Three teens were in the other vehicle struck by the Ford, a Mitsubishi Lancer, and they escaped unharmed. The resulting investigation and cleanup caused Route 3 to be closed for several hours. At this point, the driver of the Ford has been charged in connection with the incident pursuant to an inappropriate lane change and a lack of motor vehicle insurance. He also suffered injuries in the accident.