CORTLANDVILLE, N.Y. — A Tompkins Cortland Community College student and taxi driver were killed Thursday in an early morning crash.

The Cortland County Sheriff’s Office responded to a taxi van crash at 2:50 a.m. Thursday on Bennie Road in Cortlandville, the sheriff’s office said. There were nine people in the vehicle, including the driver.

The taxi van left the road and struck a utility pole and then a tree. The driver and one of the occupants, a TC3 student, were pronounced dead at the scene. The remaining seven passengers were transported to local hospitals.

In a statement, Tompkins Cortland Community College President Orinthia Montague said Tompkins Cortland Community College has cancelled classes for the day and said counseling staff is available for anyone in need.

“Today is a very sad day for Tompkins Cortland Community College. We are left with a heavy heart after learning of the death of one of our students. We share our deepest sympathies with the families and friends of our lost student, as well as those connected to the taxi driver who also perished,” Montague said.

Tompkins County Legislature Chair Mike Lane also expressed condolences on behalf of the county. The students are all members of the college’s Global Education program, a news release said.

“We are deeply saddened by this tragic event,” Lane said in a news release.  “Our thoughts are with all of those at our Community College—its students, faculty, staff and administration—as they mourn and deal with this tragic situation, as well as with the students directly affected and their families, many of whom are from locations far away from Tompkins County.”

The names of the victims have not been released.

This story will be updated. 

Kelsey O'Connor

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