Man Drowns After Crashing Dump Truck Into Chautauqua County Pond

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STOCKTON, NY (WNY News Now) – An 83-year-old man drowned after crashing his dump truck into a pond in Chautauqua County.

The accident happened in the 3900 block of Waterman Road in the Town of Stockton on Thursday evening.

The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office reports that William Rossow was backing off of the roadway around a pond when he got to close to the bank and tipped into the water.

The Sinclairville resident was trapped under water before first responders arrived.

Deputies said two neighbors in the area heard the accident, and were able to help get Rossow out of the vehicle.

He was taken to Brooks Memorial Hospital in Dunkirk for treatment but later died as a result of the crash.

At the time, the truck was reportedly hauling gravel. It took crews several hours to remove the dump truck from the pond.


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