Veteran, N.Y. — A crash Sunday about 35 minutes southwest of Ithaca hospitalized several people, including a Cornell tennis player and his passengers, according to the Chemung County sheriff’s department.

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Four Cornell undergraduates in total were involved in the accident, according to President David Skorton.

“We are hopeful as they continue their recovery,” Skorton said in a statement. “We send well-wishes to them and to their family and friends.”

The two-car accident occurred at 4:30 p.m. accident on Route 13 in the town of Veteran, deputies said. Sheriff’s deputies announced the crash on Monday and provided a statement to The Voice on Tuesday.

Here’s what deputies say happened:

Cornell tennis player Quoc-Daniel Hung Ngyuen, 21, of Virginia, was driving north on Route 13 when he hit a deer. Nguyen’s car was then struck by another vehicle, which was being driven by 65-year-old Corning man Daryl B. Denning.

Nguyen’s car had several passengers in it. One was airlifted to Robert Packer Hospital “with life-threatening injuries,” police say.

Nguyen and his other passengers — the statement from police doesn’t say how many — were transported to area hospitals with critical injuries.

The names of the other passengers haven’t been released. WHCU Radio reports that four Cornell students in total were taken to the hospital.

Police also said Denning, of Corning, was also in critical condition in the hospital.

The Chemung County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division is continuing an investigation into the collision.

President Skorton’s statement included the following information:

Resources:

Gannett Health Services 607-255-5155

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Cornell United Religious Work 607-255-4214

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Crisis Line 607-272-1616

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The Advocacy Center 607-277-5000

  • Ithaca’s hotline and community resource for sexual or relationship violence

Call 911 in an emergency requiring immediate assistance.

Visit caringcommunity.cornell.edu for a comprehensive list of resources and services for the Cornell community.


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Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.