Driver identified in deadly Livingston County building crash, fire

Driver identified  in deadly Livingston County building crash, fire Photo: News10NBC.

Updated: October 30, 2020 06:02 AM
Created: October 27, 2020 08:07 AM

LEICESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Police have now identified the driver killed in a deadly Tuesday morning crash in Livingston County.

 The Livingston County Sheriffs Office confirmed the identity of  Joshua L. Truax of Leicester, 26, using dental records.


According to Sheriff Tom Dougherty, Truax was driving an SUV when it crashed into a building after failing to negotiate the Cuylerville curve on Cuylerville Road near Canal Street around 7 a.m.  The crash sparked a massive fire.

When firefighters arrived on scene, the building was fully engulfed. Dougherty said crews tried to get to the SUV but were unable to do so.

After the fire was extinguished, Deputies were able to determine that the driver was the only person in the vehicle, and that he was dead.

The building, which houses Twisted Stitches and Moonie's Two Scoops, was unoccupied at the time of the incident. 

There are three roofs on the building which made it difficult to get the fire under control and they believe the building is a total loss.

"Well on the embroidery side were going to call it like fuel load there's an enormous amount of material in there," Livingston County Director of Emergency Management Kevin Niedermaier said. "T-shirts and jackets and things like that added to it. There was also other things in there such as natural gas that fed two large furnaces inside and all of that ties together in regards to the volume of the fire."

Bill Baierschmitt was out walking his dog near his home when he heard the impact.

”I ran to see if I could help," Baierschmitt said. "There was a fella over here who was already working trying to get the door open to get the person out. The back window was broken so I yelled in at the person to try and get them to respond, and there was no response.”

Sheriff Dougherty says, as of now, it's not clear what exactly caused the crash but there will be two separate investigations between the fire department and sheriff's office.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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