TICONDEROGA — An elderly man was killed Tuesday morning when his sport utility vehicle was struck by a tractor-trailer on Route 74 in Ticonderoga’s Eagle Lake hamlet.
Tobia “Toby” J. Secone, 90, of Ticonderoga was pronounced dead at the crash site by Essex County Coroner Walter Marvin III.
Secone’s wife, Margaret A. Secone, 81, was airlifted to Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington by a North Country Life Flight helicopter. She was listed in stable condition on Tuesday afternoon.
Ticonderoga Town Supervisor William Grinnell said Mr. Secone was a longtime resident of the community.
“It’s a terrible tragedy for the family. It’s a bad day all around.”
TRUCK DRIVER NOT INJURED
Ticonderoga Town Police said Mr. Secone pulled his SUV from Harris Point Way, where he resided, into the path of the eastbound tractor-trailer at about 9:25 a.m. Harris Point Way is a private road that leads to homes on Eagle Lake.
“The impact was on the passenger side of the vehicle,” Police Chief Mark Johns said.
The chief said an autopsy would be performed today at Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake to determine the cause of death.
The truck was operated by Chad E. Fleury, 36, of Malone and owned by Seaway Timber Co. of Massena. Fleury was uninjured, police said.
The tractor-trailer was carrying wood chips to International Paper’s Ticonderoga mill, the chief said.
State Route 74 between Ticonderoga and Schroon Lake was closed for five hours after the crash while the collision was investigated.
Ticonderoga Police were assisted by the State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit and State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit.
Johns said the cause of the accident remained under investigation; no tickets had been issued.
One of Mr. Secone’s friends was James Davis of Eagle Lake, who remembers him as someone who helped neighbors whenever he could.