Triple Fatal After Car Lands In Chenango River

By Matt Markham
By Leigh Dana

May 20, 2011 Updated May 20, 2011 at 9:18 PM EDT

Port Crane, NY (WBNG Binghamton) 3 people are confirmed dead after a car lands into the Chenango River.

The call came in just after 12:00 a.m. Friday in an area between Exits 2 and 3 on Interstate 88 West.

According to Broome County Sheriff's Office, four people were traveling in a Ford Explorer westbound on I-88 when the car hit the guide rail and went in to the river.

Deputies found the driver, 23 year-old Jaclyn Wesley of Johnson City, flagging down traffic for help. She was later transported to Wilson Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

The vehicle was recovered by the Broome County dive team. Police recovered the bodies of Robert Moorehead III, 25, from Port Crane, and Robert Marshall, 45, of Binghamton.

Divers did not find another passenger, Carri Michalaski, 39, of Binghamton. Deputies believe her body was taken with the current of the river.

"The current is very swift and it's high. So, there's not anything in our favor at this point.," said Undersheriff, Alex Minor.

An accident reconstruction team will help determine what may have caused the crash.

"It doesn't appear at this point that the vehicle hit the guard rail head on or anywhere near head on," said Minor.

Deputies believe wet road conditions, speeding, vehicle malfunction and alcohol could all be factors.

If you have information, you're encouraged to call the BC Sheriff's Office at 778-1911.

The Broome District Attorney's office is working with the Sheriff's office on the investigation and possible charges.

A state police helicopter is expected to fly over the river Saturday to aid in the search for Michalaski.

The Sheriff's office says there have been other incidents of cars crashing into the Chenango River over the last few years.

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