Updated 09/29/2012 12:15 PM
Malta crash victims were sailors
As we learn more about Thursday's fatal car crash in Malta, the names of the two victims are now being released. Jay Moore of the Nuclear Power Training Unit in Ballston Spa tells us they were Joshua Williammee of Texas, and Joshua Smith Smith of Deruyter, New York. Our Beth Croughan has more.
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MALTA, N.Y. -- "The speed limit in that area, which is near the Malta Drive-In area is 55, and the speed thus far, is determined to have exceeded the speed limit," said NYSP Public Information Office Mark Cepiel.
State Police Trooper Mark Cepiel said just how fast the 2006 Hyundai sedan was traveling Thursday is still being investigated, but he said speed did play a role in the fatal two-car crash that happened along Route 9 in Malta.
"In an attempt to pass an uninvolved vehicle, also traveling southbound, it entered the median portion, the center portion of the roadway, slid sideways and slid into the northbound lane into path of 2011 Toyota," he explained.
According to State Police, the man in the Toyota was treated for injuries at Albany Medical Center. But Cepiel said both the driver and passenger of the Hyundai died at the scene. They were members of the U.S. Navy.
According to a Naval Commander, they were students in West Milton's Nuclear Power Program scheduled to check in for training on Monday.
The Saratoga County Coroner said their autopsies are scheduled for this weekend.
"The investigation into the total circumstances of the collision are still being investigated," said Cepiel.