2 dead, 2 hospitalized in Columbia County crash

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Two students are dead, and two other people are in the hospital after a head-on car crash in Columbia County last night.

According to the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, one driver, 19-year-old Michael Shepherd, was pulled from a burning car with life-threatening injuries.

Two passengers, 20-year-old Boburmirzo Sharipov and 17-year-old Demetre Shepherd, died at the scene.

Investigators believe Shepherd crossed the center line on Route 9H in Ghent and smashed into another car head on.

The other driver was taken to Albany Medical Center.

Sharipov and Michael Shepherd were students at Syracuse University. Demetre was a student at University at Albany.

Officials tell us they were traveling home for Thanksgiving, and that drugs or alcohol do not appear to be involved.