WARWICK, N.Y. (AP) – A truck slammed into a driving lessons car in a rural intersection on Tuesday, killing two 16-year-old high school students and injuring two others and their instructor.
Five people were in the 2007 Chevrolet Malibu, owned by Middletown’s Decat Driving School, police said: the 60-year-old instructor in the front passenger seat, a 16-year-old girl at the wheel and three 16-year-old boys in the backseat. All were wearing seat belts, police said.
A westbound Freightliner truck owned by Never Stop Transport, of Port Jervis, hit the rear driver’s side door of the car in the intersection when the car pulled into its path, Warwick police Lt. Thomas Maslanka said. The car had a stop sign and a flashing red light, and the truck, which wasn’t pulling a trailer, had a flashing yellow caution light, he said.
One boy was pronounced dead at the scene, in southeastern New York near the New Jersey border, and a second was pronounced dead at a hospital. The third was hospitalized in critical condition with life-threatening injuries, police said.
The driving instructor and the trucker, a 61-year-old Pennsylvania man, were being treated for non-life-threatening injuries, and the teenage girl was expected to be treated and released.
Goshen school Superintendent Daniel Connor identified the students in a letter to the community on the school website Tuesday evening. He said Antonio Baglivo and Paul VanDoran died in the crash. He said Lucas O’Connor and Claudia Krebs were hospitalized.
“This is a tough one,” Connor said by phone. “Both were outstanding young men, great students, fun to have in class, well-respected and well-liked.”
The high school gym will be open Wednesday with counselors available to students and others, Connor said.
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