BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - A car on Church Street, in Youngstown, crashed into a stop sign, went through a barrier and into the Niagara River Thursday around 6:45 a.m. The Niagara County Undersheriff says the driver Marlo Jackson, 30 of Lockport was killed. The undersheriff says the incident started when the driver ran a stop sign at the intersection of Church Street and Main Street
Niagara County Undersheriff Michael Filicetti said, "Continued through the stop sign, through a guardrail and went over the embankment of the river and overturned on the roof of the vehicle on the river."
Jackson was in a red Ford Explorer when they crashed through a metal barrier and went down a nearly 100 foot embankment. Tim Wilkesmore works for the City of Youngstown and is also a volunteer firefighter. He called 911 when he saw the stop sign and barricade knocked over while on his way to work.
Wilkesmore said, "I had them call for our ambulance and fire truck and made my way down the hill with another fireman and we determined after breaking the window in the car that there was one occupant in the vehicle from what we could tell."
He also says this isn't the first time that a driver has crashed at this location.
"This is now the third time since 2004 that somebody has gone over the bank and unfortunately, we've had bad outcomes on two of them," said Wilkesmore.
This guardrail, fire officials say, was put in following another wreck here a couple years ago. The metal guard rail was 30 feet long, and six inches thick.
Wilkesmore said, "One would think you weren't going 30 miles an hour, which the village speed limit is."
Local fisherman are also concerned. They tell me the car sat in the river for several hours dumping oil and gas into the river. The Coast Guard and a local towing company is working to remove the car.
The sheriff's office says a similar fatal wreck did happen at this intersection in February of 2008.
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