Fatal Accident in Iroquois Wildlife Refuge

SHELBY, N.Y.- The Orleans County Sheriff's Office says a man is dead and a woman is hospitalized after the car they were traveling in rolled over into flooded swampland in the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge. The single-car accident happened at about 11:30 a.m. Thursday morning.

According to the Sheriff's office, David M. Russo, 43, of Stafford, was driving south on Route 63 in a 1998 Pontiac sedan when he lost control of the vehicle, crossed the center line and ran off the east side of the roadway. His vehicle overturned and landed upside down in the flooded swampland.

The Shelby Fire Department had to use a pumper truck to drag the vehicle out of the water and back onto the roadway, the Sheriff's office said. Russo was pronounced dead about an hour after the crash in Medina Memorial Hospital.

Lisa A. Stanley, 40, of LeRoy, was a passenger in the car. She was taken to Medina Memorial Hospital and later transferred to Highland Hospital in Rochester. No word on her condition at this time.

The Orleans County Sheriff's Office says it's apparent that weather slippery road conditions contributed to the accident but the investigation has not been completed.


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