Police search for 18-wheeler connected to freak, deadly accident

August 06, 2018 07:51 PM

News10NBC is investigating the circumstances in one of the most unusual, deadly accidents that we have ever covered. News10NBC Chief Investigative Reporter Berkeley Brean went back to the scene Monday and found out that it's happened to other families.  

It happened on Routes 5 and 20 in the Town of Seneca, Ontario County. 

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The Ontario County Sheriff's Office says the car was driving west on Routes 5 and 20. It was Saturday around noon.

When the car passed a white, tractor trailer, the sheriff's office says a rock shot out from one of the truck's tires, hit the windshield of the car and then hit the passenger. 

Deputies found the rock in the back of the car. 

"It's approximately like that," Lt. David Cirencione said holding his hands in front of him as if he was gripping a soccer ball. 

He says the rock measured five inches wide, two inches high and three inches long.

Seventy-four-year-old Barbara Amidon of Waterloo was hit by the rock and died at Strong Hospital Saturday night.

The sheriff's office is trying to see if the truck came from the Ontario County landfill which is next to where the accident happened. 

News10NBC went to the entrance of the landfill and met trucker Burt Harris. He says the landfill's dirt roads are solidified by rocks. 

Burt Harris, truck driver: "If a driver goes over it, sometimes they pick up a rock in between the duals."

The "duals" are the side by side wheels you see on tractor trailers. Harris says drivers are supposed to check their tires after they leave the landfill. 

Harris: "Some of the drivers don't and they tend to fly out when they're going down the road."

News10NBC Chief Investigative Reporter Berkeley Brean: "When you heard about the accident on the weekend, what did you think?" 

Pat Howard, car hit by rock 2017: "I thought that this could have been me a year ago."

Pat Howard knows what this is like. She says a rock from a truck hit her car in the same area almost one year ago. 

Howard: "Next thing I know, I hear a huge explosion and I was covered with glass."

Howard shared pictures of the damage. 

Brean: "What do you think when you look at those pictures?" 

Howard: "I think I'm glad I didn't have a passenger with me and I'm lucky it wasn't worse." 

If you have information on this truck, call the Ontario County Sheriff's Office at 911.


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