FARMINGTON, N.Y. -- One man is dead and two others injured after a chain-reaction crash Tuesday afternoon in Farmington, Ontario County.
Deputies with the Ontario County Sheriff's Office said the crash happened at the intersection of Route 96 and Payne Road just before 12:30 p.m. Tuesday when a blue pickup truck heading west on Route 96 lost its front left wheel.
A grain truck carrying six tons of horse feed heading in the opposite direction lost control while trying to avoid the oncoming tire. It went into the east lane and began tipping over before hitting and falling onto a red pickup truck. One other car was also struck by the sliding truck.
The driver of the red pickup truck, Lee Schutt, 57, of Clifton Springs, a Hopewell Town Highway worker, was pronounced dead at the scene. Two other people were taken to Strong Memorial Hospital with injuries, but are expected to recover.
Tom Elliott, an electrician, said he was working on a cabin near the intersection when he heard a loud bang.
“The noise it made just shook this place,” Elliot said. “What I thought was a gust of wind lifting up this tin roof and throwing it down was actually the accident and we all ran out thinking what the heck was that? Something happened, something just happened,” said Elliott.
Elliott said he rushed out to the scene to help.
“The gentleman that was in the feed truck was actually standing up in the cab behind the glass. We asked him if he was alright and he was,” Elliott said.
With the scene still fresh in his mind, Elliott’s heart is with the man’s family.
“For the family that the man was lost, I feel so sorry for you,” Elliott said. That was just so disheartening to see and I wish them the best.”
The Hopewell Town Supervisor closed town offices Wednesday after his death. They're flying flags at half staff.
"His family is very well known in Hopewell, and it is a very small community. Everyone knew Lee, a lot of respect for Lee and his family. It is a loss to the town but a greater loss to his family. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, his wife and his children," said Hopewell Town Supervisor, Margaret Hilton.