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Five Injured In Head-On Crash In Southeast

The head-on crashed occurred in front of 349 Tonetta Lake Road, just east of the intersection with Cooledge Drive. Photo Credit: Google Maps street view
The area of Tonetta Lake Road in Brewster, near I-84, where the crash occurred. Photo Credit: Google Maps

Five people were injured in a head-on crash on Tonetta Lake Road in the Town of Southeast on Sunday, said Putnam County Sheriff Don Smith.

The crash occurred at about 1:30 p.m. in front of 349 Tonetta Lake Road, just east of the intersection with Cooledge Drive, when a Dodge minivan occupied by three persons collided with a Chevrolet pickup truck occupied by two persons, said Capt. William McNamara.

Preliminary reports indicate that the minivan was traveling in a westbound direction on Tonetta Lake Road and, as it rounded a curve, crossed over the middle of the road, running head-on into the eastbound pickup truck in the eastbound lane, McNamara said.

Deputies reported that inattention on the part of the minivan driver while negotiating the curve was an apparent factor in the crash, he added.

The driver of the minivan was identified as Karen Stein, 23, of Southeast.

There were two passengers in the van: Ms. Kelly Zimmerman, 31, and Chrystal Benbow, 42.

The driver of the pickup truck was identified as Edwin Lopez-Ramirez, 37, of Center Street in Danbury. His passenger was Rosa A. Hernandez, 49.

All five persons involved in the crash were transported by ambulances to Danbury Hospital for treatment of injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening, he added.

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