SARANAC - A Schuyler Falls man was killed Friday night when the pickup truck he was driving skidded off the roadway and overturned.
State Police say 24-year-old Corey Bulriss, from Guideboard Road, was driving a 1999 Dodge Ram north on Ore Bed Road in the Town of Saranac when he failed to negotiate a right-hand curve near Ore Pond.
He drifted into the southbound lane, then overcorrected, State Police said, causing his vehicle to go out of control and skid back across the road and off the east shoulder.
The truck went down a small embankment and struck a large stump and numerous trees, causing it to overturn.
Bulriss was thrown from the driver’s side window and was pinned under the front tire of the truck, police said.
The accident was discovered at about 9:50 p.m. by a passer-by who noticed skid marks and debris on the road while on his way to the Maplefields store in Redford. The driver had to swerve to avoid the debris.
“On my way back, I slowed down going past, and I caught a glimpse of something shining, like off chrome,” said Cory Mikus, also from Schuyler Falls. “I backed up, and I noticed a truck.”
He drove to the nearest house he could find and asked a woman there to call 911. He returned to the accident site and went into the woods to see if anyone was hurt.
The truck was lying on its driver’s side with the roof facing the road, according to Mikus. None of the truck’s lights were on.When Mikus began to walk around the vehicle, he found Bulriss pinned under the truck.
“I was pretty shook up,” Mikus said.
He drove back to the house and told the woman to call an for ambulance. A short time later, the first emergency personnel began to arrive.
Saranac and Dannemora fire departments responded to the accident.
Special airbags were employed to lift the truck, but Bulriss was pronounced dead at the accident site.
“I’ve known Corey for almost 10 years,” said Jim Dynko, a family friend. “Corey was devoted to his family. Whatever needed to be done, from splitting wood, to clearing brush, to loading the outside boiler, he was always on board to help out.”
Dynko also cited Bulriss’s mechanical talent, saying there wasn’t anything the former Peru varsity wrestler couldn’t fix.
“He was a tremendous young man who would do anything for his family, brothers and his friends. I will miss him terribly. The world has lost a genuinely good kid,” said Dynko.
The accident remains under investigation. Police said they do not believe Bulriss was wearing a seat belt.