Man dies in crash near Carthage High School

Carthage crash
Published: May. 5, 2023 at 5:48 AM EDT
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WEST CARTHAGE, New York (WWNY) - A man is dead following a crash near West Carthage Thursday night.

State police say 56-year-old Donald Gerber was a passenger in a pickup truck that three eyewitnesses said went off State Route 26 in the town of Champion at a high rate of speed around 10 p.m. and crashed into several trees.

Gerber was thrown from the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the truck, 54-year-old Peter Schroy, was extricated from the truck by the West Carthage Fire Department and was airlifted to Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

Troopers say both men are from the Carthage area.

Gerber’s body was taken to the Jefferson County medial examiner’s office for an autopsy.

The highway was closed overnight between Harper Road and Cole Road, near Carthage High School. Crews were on the scene until 5 a.m. on Friday.