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The Steuben Courier Advocate
  • 2 dead in separate accidents

  • New York State Police responded to two fatal automobile accidents within hours of each other in Steuben County.

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  • New York State Police responded to two fatal automobile accidents within hours of each other in Steuben County.
    Sgt. Don Brietzke said Jeff Barnes, 59, of Troupsburg, was traveling west on County Route 333 in the Town of Campbell when he failed to negotiate a left curve in the road shortly after 10 p.m. Wednesday.
    Barnes’ vehicle left the road and struck a driveway culvert, which launched the vehicle into the air.
    Barnes’ vehicle struck a NYSEG pole, which brought down electrical lines around the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
    Brietzke said rescue workers couldn’t extricate Barnes’ body from the vehicle until NYSEG representatives turned off the power.
    He said he did not know how many NYSEG customers were temporarily without power due to the accident.
    Brietzke said the cause of death was massive trauma. He said the cause of the accident was still under investigation.
    Also responding to the scene were the Campbell and Savona fire departments, Rural Metro Ambulance and Steuben County Sheriff’s deputies.
    Brietzke said the driver of a tractor-trailer also died in a one-vehicle accident early Thursday morning.
    Peter Isaman, 33, of Franklinville, was traveling west on Interstate Highway 86 when he apparently fell asleep as he passed the Kanona rest area.
    Brietzke said the tandum trailer drifted into the median. When Isaman tried to bring the vehicle back onto the roadway, he apparently overcorrected, which caused the truck to overturn.
    The rig slid across both lanes of traffic before coming to rest on the east side of the roadway.
    Brietzke said Isaman was pronounced dead at the scene. The apparent cause of death was a broken neck.
    The accident caused troopers to close one lane of I-86 for several hours.

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