Truck falls through

TICONDEROGA - A pair of Connecticut men are safe, but their truck is at the bottom of Lake Champlain following an accident Feb. 18.

While driving on the frozen lake just north of International Paper, the 2004 Ford Ranger broke through the ice and sank in 25 feet of water.

Ticonderoga police responded to a report of a vehicle through the ice, finding the vehicle's owner, Michael J. Curtiss, 31, of Meriden, Conn., and his friend Scott D. Soule, 30, from Lebanon, Conn., walking up railroad tracks nearby.

Both were evaluated by Ticonderoga Emergency Squad and refused transport. The Ticonderoga Fire Department Cold Water Rescue Team was also on hand.

Curtiss was issued an appearance ticket for gas/tar in public waters, an unclassified misdemeanor under the Environmental Conservation Law, by the Ticonderoga Police Department. He is due back in Ticonderoga Court on March 11.

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