Madison County Sheriff's Office investigating fatal accident in town of Lenox

Madison County Sheriff’s Deputies are investigating a fatal head on collision in the Town of Lenox on Thursday afternoon.

Posted: Apr 1, 2021 10:42 PM
Updated: Apr 2, 2021 9:54 AM

LENOX, N.Y. -- Madison County Sheriff’s Deputies are investigating a fatal head-on collision in the town of Lenox on Thursday afternoon.

The accident occurred just before 2:30 p.m., when a 2002 Ford Ranger, traveling east on Route 5, driven by 61-year-old John L. Montagne, of Canastota, entered the westbound lane and collided head-on with a dump truck operated by 68-year-old Terry Stauffer of Manlius.

Stauffer was not injured and able to get out of his vehicle, immediately attempting to help Montagne. Montagne sustained serious injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

A portion of Route 5 remained closed for several hours while investigators remained on scene to conduct accident reconstruction.

Members of the sheriff’s office were assisted on scene by Canastota Police Department, New York State Police, Oneida Nation Police, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Spill-Response, Canastota Fire and Rescue, and Greater Lenox Ambulance Service.

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