December 2, 2014

Four Cornell Undergraduates Involved in Car Crash

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Four undergraduates were hospitalized following a car crash on Route 13 in Chemung County as they were returning to campus after Thanksgiving Break Sunday, according to police.

Only the identity of one student, Quoc-Daniel Hung Nguyen ’15, a member of the tennis team, has been released.

Nguyen was driving in the northbound lane of Route 13 when he hit a deer at approximately 4:30 p.m., according to the Chemung County Sheriff’s Office. Nguyen then lost control of the car and drifted into the southbound lane, where his vehicle was hit by a car driven by Daryl Denning, a 65-year-old man from Corning. ­­

One passenger in Nguyen’s car was airlifted from the scene to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pennsylvania, with “life-threatening injuries,” said Chemung County Sheriff Christopher Moss in a press release. Nguyen and the passengers in his vehicle were also hospitalized with “what were thought at the time to be critical injuries.”

Denning was in “critical condition” at the scene of the accident, according to Moss. He is also being treated at Robert Packer Hospital as of Tuesday morning, according to WHCU Radio.

“We are hopeful as [those involved] continue their recovery,” President David Skorton said in a statement to members of the Cornell community Tuesday morning.

We send well-wishes to them and to their family and friends.” The Chemung County Sheriff Office is continuing the investigation of the collision.