UPDATE: Woman Identified in Fatal Afton Accident

By Conor Mooney
By Dave Greber
By Suzanne Proulx

January 28, 2013 Updated Jan 29, 2013 at 2:10 PM EDT

Afton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The women who died after crashing her van into a tractor trailer Monday afternoon on an ice-covered interstate outside Afton has been identified.

Following an investigation, New York State Police said Noel Pike, 31, of Nineveh, was merging onto Interstate 88 from exit 7, when her vehicle traveled into the passing lane and into the path of the tractor trailer.

State police said the woman's 4-year-old son and sister, Rayne E. Pike, 29, of Ninevah, were taken to Wilson Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the tractor trailer, Gary Donovan, 52, of Johnson City, is in critical condition at Wilson Hospital.

The crash happened at approximately 1:43 p.m. Monday on Interstate 88 near exit 7 in Afton. The crash closed the eastbound lanes between exits 6 and 8 in Harpursville and Bainbridge for several hours.

Chenango County Medical Examiner David Hochman, who arrived on the scene at approximately 2 p.m., said Noel Pike died when the vehicle spun as she entered the highway and was struck by a tractor trailer. Hochman said she died of head trauma.

The eastbound side of the highway reopened at approximately 6 p.m. Monday, although crews were still taking measurements and working to reconstruct the accident at 7 p.m.

The Chenango HazMat team was also requested to the scene to help clean up diesel fuel. It's not known how much spilled.

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