TIOGA CONTY (WBNG) – 12 News has now confirmed that two children are dead as a result of Sunday night’s crash on Route 17.
Corey Green, the Superintendent of the Owego Apalachin School District, sent an email to parents Wednesday night confirming the deaths of Zachary Allen, a second grader at Owego Elementary School, as well as his sister, Trinity Allen, a sixth grader at Owego Apalachin Middle School. The two were just 7 and 11.
Zachary and Trinity were in a car with 5-year-old Nathan G. Slater of Sayre, Pennsylvania. That car was driven by 38-year-old Darlene L. Allen, of Sayre, Pennsylvia.
The Tioga County Sheriff’s Office says the car hit a deer, became disabled, and was then struck from behind by a tractor-trailer.
The driver is currently in critical condition at Robert Packer Hospital.
The 5-year-old boy was initially brought to Robert Packer Hospital but has since been released.
In his email to students, Supt. Green told families, “It is with great sadness that I write this letter to inform you about the unimaginable loss that one of our Owego Apalachin families has suffered…..On behalf of the Owego Apalachin Central School District, we would like to express our most sincere condolences to the family and those closely affected by this terrible accident. When our school community experiences a tragedy, especially the loss of young lives, it impacts all of us. We encourage parents and guardians to talk to their children about this tragic event. Discussing the thoughts and feelings your child is experiencing is important in helping him or her work through their grief.”
Supt. Green reminds parents, teachers and students that the the district’s crisis intervention team as well as the UHS Mobile Crisis unit will continue to be available through this week and next week to support students and staff.
He also added that they will continue to monitor the need for additional emotional support moving forward.
Green went on to say, “If you feel that your child or family is in need of assistance, please contact us, and we will do everything we can to help you.” Then with a request saying, “We ask that you join us in keeping the friends and family of Zachary and Trinity in your thoughts and continue to respect their privacy during this difficult time.”
Additional resources are available:
OA School Counselors, 687-7301 option 4
Center for Psychological Services, 785-4156
Tioga County Mental Health, 687-4000
Oakdale Associates, 754-1101
Family & Children’s Society, 687-3540
Southern Tier Counseling Solutions, 222-5639
As far as the crash itself, the driver of the tractor-trailer has not been ticketed or arrested for his role in the incident.
The Tioga County Sheriff’s Office says this is still an ongoing investigation, and anyone with any information about this incident or who may have witnessed the crash is asked to contact the Tioga County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division at 607-687-1010.
If you’d like to help the family, here is their GoFundMe page: