Weather-related crash claims life of Batavia man

Posted at 12:35 PM, Mar 16, 2018

Sheriff's Deputies say winter weather contributed to a deadly early morning crash on State Route 5 in the Town of Stafford.

The Genesee County Sheriff's Office says the crash happened just before 6:30 a.m. Friday morning near Clipnock Road.

Deputies believe 24-year-old Thomas Manzella from Batavia was traveling westbound on State Route 5 when he lost control of his 2007 Chevy pickup truck on the snow-covered road. The truck spun counter-clockwise and slid sideways into the eastbound lane and into the path of a 2006 Mack roll off container truck. Deputies say the two vehicles crashed before veering off the shoulder of the road.

The Mack track driver, 32-year-old Curtiss Mallory, immediately called 911.

First responders had to extricate Manzella from the pickup truck. He was brought to United Memorial Medical Center where he died.

Officials believe blowing snow and poor road conditions played a role in the crash.

Route 5 was closed for several hours while the accident was being investigated. The New York Department of Environmental Conservation was also on scene to address a minor fuel spill from the Mac truck.


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