August 28, 2013

Police: Medical condition caused crash


---- — CHAMPLAIN — An Altona man who died when the manure spreader he was driving went off the road experienced a medical emergency, police say.

Dwight J. Smart, 48, was driving east on Perry Mills Road in the Town of Champlain on Monday afternoon when the 2002 International Harvester spreader left the road via the south shoulder and went into a field, State Police Troop B Public Information Officer Jennifer Fleishman said.

Two U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents were passing by when they saw the manure spreader in a ditch and found Smart unresponsive, she said.

“They jumped out and ran over to check him and started CPR on him.”

The officer who performed CPR on Smart is EMT trained, Fleishman said.

The accident was reported to State Police at 3:10 p.m.

Champlain EMS took Smart to CVPH Medical Center in Plattsburgh following the accident, she said, and he was pronounced dead there later on Monday.

An autopsy was underway, Fleishman said Tuesday.

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