Weather played a role in deadly Ontario County crash

Created: 06/25/2014 5:14 PM WHEC.com
By: Josh Nichols

A crash that claimed the lives of two people Tuesday afternoon in Ontario County was a tragic, unfortunate accident in which the weather played the deciding factor.

Ontario County Sheriff's Deputies responded to County Road 6 where a tree fell across the road and onto the roof of a car. The impact killed the driver and passenger who, according to the sheriff, were not from the area.

The accident happened around 5 p.m. Tuesday. At that time, a severe thunder storm was rolling right through Ontario County. Live Doppler 10 Radar indicated that the storm was capable of 60 mile per hour winds. The winds were strong enough to bring down limbs several feet in diameter which in this case happened at the wrong place at the wrong time.

Ontario County Sheriff Phil Povero said, “Right now our goal is to gather as much information so that when we are able to speak to relatives we can give them as many facts as possible. To describe something that is unexplainable and unimaginable.”

Ann oaks and her husband have lived on County Road 6 in Phelps for more than 40 years. She said, “We've been here 44 years and I've never seen gusts of wind the way it was last night. We were drawn to the windows and we just stood there saying oh my goodness this is terrible.”

The names of the two victims in this tragic accident have not been released yet as officials are still trying to get hold of the victims’ family members. People who live in this area were without power for hours because the tree.

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