LONG LAKE — A young Tupper Lake man has died from injuries suffered early Wednesday when the pickup truck he was riding in rolled over several times off Route 30.
The accident occurred around 2 a.m. as Joshua Peck, 20, was riding home with two friends from a Nickleback concert at Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs.
Jordan B. Amell, 17, of Piercefield was driving the 2008 Chevrolet Colorado pickup carrying Peck and a second passenger, Matthew J. Corrow, 17, also of Tupper Lake.
State Police Investigator Jonathan Garrow said early police reports indicated the truck had nearly reached Tupper Lake when it veered off the road.
“The vehicle traveled off the east side of the shoulder through a grassy area and overturned several times,” he said.
“Peck, a front-seat passenger, was found unresponsive. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation was initiated and the AED (automated external defibrillator) was deployed,” the police report said.
The Long Lake Rescue Squad transported Peck to Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake, where he was airlifted to Fletcher Allen in Burlington with critical neck and head injuries, according to police.
Amell, the driver, was ejected from the truck but was not seriously injured.
“Both the operator and the other passenger were transported to AMC,” Garrow said. “Both Corrow and Amell were treated and released.”
State Police brought a reconstruction crew to the spot where the accident happened and were conducting a thorough investigation.
The Chevy went off Route 30 in the Town of Long Lake, not far from the Hamilton/Franklin county line, several miles southwest of Tupper Lake.
“Speed is likely a contributing factor,” Garrow said.
Police did not indicate whether drugs or alcohol played a role in the crash.
“Tickets have not been issued, pending completion of a thorough investigation,” Garrow said.
The State Police report says the road was clear and dry.
Peck graduated from Tupper Lake High School in 2011.
Paul Maroun, mayor of Tupper Lake, said the loss has hit the community hard.
“I know the three families — the Amell boy mows my aunt’s lawn,” he said. “They are three good boys. Our hearts go out to them. My thoughts and prayers are with the Peck family in this difficult time.
“It has been a difficult week; Franklin County has been hit with such terrible accidents in the past seven days.”
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