West Winfield man dies in crash with tractor trailer

Published Aug 10, 2018 at 12:00pm

WESTMORELAND — A 60-year-old Herkimer County man is dead after his pickup truck struck the side of a passing tractor trailer at the intersection of Route 233 and Sutliff Road Thursday morning.

Sheriff’s deputies said Thomas Stiles, of Virginia, was northbound on Route 233 at about 10:40 a.m. when he passed through the green light at the intersection with Sutliff Road. Deputies said Stiles’ trailer was then struck on the rear passenger side by a pickup truck that entered the intersection from Sutliff.

The pickup — driven by 60-year-old Douglas Atkyns, of West Winfield — then spun around and struck a southbound vehicle driven by Anthony Rocco, of Whitesboro, authorities stated. Rocco was stopped and waiting to make a left turn onto Sutliff Road.

Atkyns was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said. An autopsy has been scheduled.

Stiles and Rocco were not injured in the three-vehicle crash. Investigators inspected the tractor trailer, but they said no violations were uncovered.

The cause of Atkyns’ crash into the side of the passing trailer remains under investigation.

The 55 mph highway was closed for several hours while the crash was investigated.