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Long Lake firefighter dies in one-car accident

Thom Ross, 22 of Long Lake, died in a one-car accident on March 23.

Thom Ross, 22 of Long Lake, died in a one-car accident on March 23.

— A local volunteer firefighter died here in a one-car accident in the early morning hours of Saturday, March 30.

Thom Ross, 22, of Long Lake, was driving alone in his 2007 Ford Focus northbound on Deerland Road on State Routes 28/30, when his vehicle veered into the southbound lane, struck a snowbank, and flipped an unknown number of times.

“The road where the accident occurred is a straight and level road,” said New York State Police Trooper Reinaldo Alvarez. “He may have veered into the other lane to miss a deer or an animal. We are not sure.”

Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the accident, Alvarez said, though the results of a blood alcohol test were not available by press time on April 3.

Autopsy results show Ross died as a result of brain trauma and mostly internal injuries.

The car was discovered by Ross’ friends at 2:15 a.m. They were on their way back from bringing another friend home. According to Alvarez, Ross and his friends had gone to a hotel and later went to a friend’s house in Long Lake before the accident. At the time of the crash it was believed Ross was on his way home.

Ross was a former student at Long Lake Central School and Mohawk Valley Community College where he played soccer, according to the obituary from the Stuart-Fortune-Keough Funeral Home in Tupper Lake.

Ross was an active member of the Long Lake Volunteer Fire Department and was a full-time employee of Barton Mines in North River.

Services were held Tuesday, April 2 at St. Henry’s Catholic Church in Long Lake and a burial followed at the Long Lake Cemetery.

Online condolences may be made at www.stuartfortunekeoughfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers, friends and family are asked to make donations to the Long Lake Volunteer Fire Department.

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