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Head-on collision claims life of PSC student

SARANAC LAKE - A two-car accident near Saranac Lake has claimed the life of a Paul Smith's College student and injured two others.

19-year-old Vincent Monty of Plattsburgh was driving his 1994 Saturn SL eastbound on Route 3 in the town of Franklin shortly before noon Oct. 30, police say.

The vehicle collided head-on with a 2003 Ford Escape driven by Gregory Campbell, 60, of Keeseville. The collision was near the center of the road, and both vehicles came to rest in the roadway.

Abigail Pruitt, 19, of Pittsford, and a student at Paul Smith's College, was a passenger in Monty's vehicle. She was pronounced dead at the scene by Franklin County Coroner Ronald Keough.

An autopsy by Dr. C. Francis Varga at Adirondack Medical Center confirmed the cause of death to be multiple traumatic injuries due to a motor vehicle accident.

Saranac Lake Rescue responders transported Monty to AMC for treatment of leg, head, and chest injuries. Campbell was brought to Champlain Valley Physician's Hospital in Plattsburgh and treated for leg injuries.

Both individuals were later transported to Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, Vt. for further treatment.

The accident remains under investigation by State Police Troop B's Collision Reconstruction Unit. Police are asking anyone who might have information regarding the accident, or the operation of these vehicles prior to the accident, to contact their Ray Brook headquarters at 897-2000.

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