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BENNINGTON — A Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union administrator is in critical condition following an accident in Schaghticoke, New York, officials said Monday.

Paul Demarco, 49, associate director of special education for the SVSU, was involved in a head-on crash in Schaghticoke last Friday morning that seriously injured him and led to the deaths of two residents of Hoosick Falls.

"Our thoughts are with SVSU Associate Director of Special Education Paul Demarco and the other families involved in the tragic accident," said Jim Culkeen, superintendent of the SVSU, in a statement provided through Katie West, public information coordinator.

Demarco, of Mechanicville, New York, supports administrators and teachers as they support students, West said.

New York State Police said in a media release that the accident Demarco was involved in occurred on Route 67 in Schaghticoke shortly before 7 a.m. last Friday.

Police said Daniel Taber, 44, was driving one of the vehicles, and he and his passenger, Michael Foster, 41, both of Hoosick Falls, were going to work in Mechanicville.

Police said Taber and Foster died at the scene, near the intersection of Route 67 and Muriel Lane.

Preliminary investigation determined that another vehicle not involved in the crash attempted to pass Taber, who was driving a 2008 Pontiac G6 westbound on State Route 67, according to an update from the New York State Police late Monday afternoon.

Taber sped up and the uninvolved motor vehicle was unable to pass, subsequently returning to the westbound lane behind Taber's vehicle.

Taber then entered a curve in the roadway and was unable to stay in his travel lane. He left the northern shoulder of the road, hitting a mailbox. He reentered the road, crossing into the eastbound lane and into the path of a 2010 Toyota Corolla operated by DeMarco, who was traveling eastbound.

Demarco was airlifted to Albany Medical Center in Albany, New York, for treatment of life-threatening injuries, police said.

Demarco was in critical condition as of late Monday morning, said Samantha Stelmaszyk, of the public relations department at Albany Med.

New York State Police continue to investigate the crash.

Patricia LeBoeuf can be reached at pleboeuf@benningtonbanner.com, at @BAN_pleboeuf on Twitter and 802-447-7567, ext. 118.


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