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Two die after car pulled in Great Chazy River

Investigation is ongoing

A submerged vehicle was found the morning of Aug. 29 in the Great Chazy River in the Clinton County town of Altona.

A submerged vehicle was found the morning of Aug. 29 in the Great Chazy River in the Clinton County town of Altona. Photo by Jeremiah S. Papineau.

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Altona eyewitness recalls fatal accident

Eyewitness Lionel Peryea, recalls double-fatal accident that took place in the Great Chazy River Aug, 28.

Eyewitness Lionel Peryea, recalls double-fatal accident that took place in the Great Chazy River Aug, 28.

— Two people died after their vehicle was pulled into the Great Chazy River here, according to state police.

A search of the area resulted in the discovery of two deceased persons: Mikita C. Fox, 23, of Wikemikong, Ontario and Danine R. Swamp, 24, of Nedrow.

Autopsies to determine the cause of death were scheduled to take place Aug. 30 at Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital Medical Center, in Plattsburgh, New York. The investigation into this incident is ongoing.

The investigation so far indicates that Fox and Swamp were travelling north bound on the Devils Den Road, in the town of Altona, in a 2011 Buick, according to state police. They pair failed to observe that the roadway, traversing a bridge over the Great Chazy River, had partially washed away as a result of the intense rain. As the vehicle entered the bridge it was pulled into the river as a result of the extreme current and water level. The vehicle was carried approximately 1,000 feet down stream. After an intensive search Fox and Swamp were located deceased, both out of the vehicle.

On August 29, in the early morning hours, Clinton County Fire Control received a report of a vehicle in the Great Chazy River. As a result of this call multiple agencies responded to the scene including the Altona Fire Department, United States Border Patrol, Watertown Fire Department Swift Water Rescue Team, New York State Police Aviation, Special Operations Response Team and members of the State Police Uniform and the Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

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