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Teen identified in deadly car crash on I-81

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Teen identified in deadly car crash on I-81
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The investigation continues into a late night crash on Interstate 81 that took the life of an Oswego County teenager and injured several others. State Police say Liberty Tanner, 19, of Pulaski was killed in the crash happened after her car broke down in the center lane of the highway. YNN's Brad Vivacqua has the latest.

OSWEGO COUNTY, N.Y. -- The investigation continues into a late night crash on Interstate 81 that took the life of an Oswego County teen and left three others injured. State Police say Liberty Tanner, 19, of Pulaski died in the crash.

It happened on the Brewerton Bridge on I-81 northbound around 10:15 p.m. Wednesday. State Police say Tanner's car became disabled in the center lane, without lights. While she was on the phone with 911, the car was rear-ended, leading to a five car pile-up.

Tanner was pronounced dead at the scene. Four other people were treated at a local hospital and later released.

Local officials say this crash can remind us about the proper procedure that we should follow if our vehicle becomes disabled on a highway. He said first, you should do all you can to pull off to the side of the road.

"Whether they be off the roadway or out of the lane of travel. If you can do that, that's obviously the best solution and then if you've got some sort of emergency kit in your vehicle, whether it be some flares or some other lighting, activate your four-way flashers, try and set some flares up to alert on-coming motorists that your vehicle is disabled and then call for some assistance," said Michael Lefancheck, Baldwinsville Police Chief.

Tanner was a 2011 graduate of APW High School. She was the mother of a six-month-old baby.

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