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Two Dead In Snow Slide Accident

Winter can wreak havoc on both vehicles and the roads that they travel upon. While New Yorkers may be used to driving in the snow, even the most careful and well-trained drivers can find themselves facing an accident in snowy conditions. Of course, there are some tips that any driver can follow to help ensure their safety during a snowstorm. Allowing for enough distance between vehicles, generally twice the normal amount, can help to prevent an accident. So can making sure that your tires are properly inflated. It is recommended that drivers not use cruise control on snowy roads. Of course, even taking every precaution cannot prevent every accident, as The Daily News Online reports.

The collision occurred on Saturday on Oak Orchard Road in Albion, the New York State Patrol reports.

Troopers responded at 1:37 p.m., along with the Bureau of Criminal Investigation, to the accident, which involved two vehicles. Investigations revealed that a 2008 Suzuki traveling north on Oak Orchard Road lost control in the snow. The Suzuki slid sideways into a 2011 Chevrolet truck, in which the right passenger side of the Suzuki was struck.

The driver of the Suzuki, 53-year-old Theresa M. Norton, and the passenger, identified as 22-year-old Thomas M. Norton, were both pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the pickup truck, 59-year-old Jeffrey S. Toussaint, suffered from non-life-threatening injuries. He was released from the hospital the same day.

The vehicles were towed from the scene hours after the accident. The state investigation into the accident is still ongoing.

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