CALCIUM, N.Y. (WWNY) - Five people are dead following a crash in Calcium.
It happened shortly after 3 a.m. on Route 11 near Lake’s Trailer Park.
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office said a southbound Chevrolet Malibu failed to negotiate a curve, left the roadway and struck a tree and billboard before coming to rest.
Adam McCargar lives at Lake’s Trailer Park, which is just feet from the crash.
“It sounded very loud, like thunder, almost like thunder cracking multiple times. You probably heard about 7 or 8 different cracks before your heard one loud bomb,” he said.
However, McCargar said recognized the sound and headed out the door to try to help.
“It was not a very pretty sight to be seen. I definitely was not prepared what was going to be there when I did show up,” he said.
“You couldn’t see nothing 'cause the car was so far back. Adam had to point it out to me. When you were on the other side, you could see the silver and white on the car and that was it,” said Blaine McCasland, another neighbor.
All 5 people in the car died at the scene, officials said.
The preliminary investigation indicates that speed was a contributing factor in the crash.
First responders were on the scene for more than 10 hours reconstructing the crash.
“It takes a few hours to have to do a lot of plotting of points and measurements, Photos, evidence collection that sort of thing, so it is a involved process,” said Detective Ben Timerman, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.
No names have been released pending notification of next of kin.
Autopsies have been scheduled for later Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday.
The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the New York State Police, Calcium Fire Department, North Pole Fire Department, Guilfoyle Ambulance Service, Jefferson County Medical Examiner’s Office and Cleveland Medical Services Transport.