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Friday, August 17, 2007

Update On Fatal 872 Accident

COUDERSPORT – A Galeton man died Thursday night when his car left Route 872 and struck an embankment and a tree.

Potter County Deputy Coroner Shane Wilson pronounced William J. Brown, 44, dead at the scene of the crash, which occurred between Thursday morning and 6 p.m. Thursday evening.

State police at Coudersport said Brown was driving a 1997 Subaru Legacy north on 872, just north of Heath Road in Homer Township, when the car traveled off the right side of the roadway onto an embankment. It traveled along the embankment for about 180 feet, then hit a tree, causing severe damage to the passenger compartment.

Police said Brown had left the home of his mother in the village of Costello, in southern Potter County, at 4 a.m. on Thursday. Shortly after 3 p.m., his mother contacted state police and told troopers she had not seen or heard from Brown. Troopers started an attempt-to-locate investigation, with a description of the car and driver.

A trooper was checking East Fork Road at 6:10 p.m. when a bicyclist found the crashed car over a steep embankment as she rode past. She contacted state police.

Troopers did not know on Friday whether drugs or alcohol played a part in the crash.

Coudersport firefighters and ambulance volunteers, paramedics and Wilson assisted troopers at the site of the crash. The investigation continues. From Elmira Star Gazette

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