FARMINGTON, N.Y. (WKBW/WHAM) — Three people are dead after a driver drove the wrong way on the New York State Thruway near Rochester, crashing into another car carrying four men traveling home to New York City from Niagara Falls.
The crash happened about 1:20 a.m. near the Clifton Springs service area in the Town of Farmington. New York State Police say Charles Bargerstock, 81, of Stow, Ohio drove westbound in the eastbound lane for about eight minutes after leaving the rest stop.
Bargerstock's Honda Pilot collided head-on with a Honda Accord driven by Himel Joy, 24, of Astoria.
Bargerstock and Joy were killed, as was a rear-seat passenger in the Accord, Mojammal Rasel, 30, also of Astoria.
Two other passengers in the Accord, Moshin Ahmed, 23 and Kenedy Apel, 18 - both of Astoria - are recovering at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.
The stretch of the thruway that was closed has since reopened.