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Teen pulls driver from sinking vehicle

— On Aug. 15, Morrisville State Troopers investigated an accident that occurred off Westcott Road in the town of Eaton. Stuart F. Deland, 92, of West Eaton, was driving on Westcott Road when his vehicle left the roadway and drove into Bradley Brook Reservoir. Alex Travis, 16, of Kirkville, was driving by with a family member when he saw the sinking car in the lake. Without hesitation and disregarding his own safety, he dove into the lake and swam out to the vehicle. He pulled the driver out through the drivers’ window and swam him to shore. Deland was transported to Hamilton Hospital for observation but was uninjured.

The vehicle was removed from the lake with the assistance of the Eaton Fire Department Dive Team.

NYS DEC Spill Response also responded, determined no hazardous materials were released from the vehicle.

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