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Posted on: October 19, 2022

Sheriff's Office investigating fatal Fort Ann accident


Date of Incident:  Tuesday, October 18, 2022                       

Time of Incident: 2:35pm                                    


Incident Location: State Route 22


Township: Fort Ann                      

Case # 2022-014530


1.  (Driver) James E Briggs            Age: 79               Address:  State Route 22          Middle Granville, NY 

INCIDENT SUMMARY: According to Sheriff Jeffrey J. Murphy, on Tuesday, October 18, 2022, at approximately 2:35pm the Washington County Sheriff’s Office responded to State Route 22 in the Town of Fort Ann for a single vehicle motor vehicle accident. 


The vehicle was operated by a 79-year-old James E Briggs of State Route 22 Middle Granville, New York.


It was determined the vehicle involved was traveling east on State Route 22 in the Town of Fort Ann. The vehicle left the eastbound lane, crossing the westbound lane of the roadway before overturning and striking a tree.  

Briggs was the only occupant of the vehicle and was entrapped inside the vehicle and had to be extricated. He was pronounced deceased on the scene by Washington County Coroner Wes Perry. 


The investigation into the accident is ongoing.  


 Officer (s) Handling the Incident: Deputy’s Hurlburt and Mclean, Sgt. Jackson and Investigator Earl.


ASSISTING AGENCIES: Fort Ann Fire Department, West Fort Ann Fire Department, North Granville Fire Department, Great Meadow Fire Brigade and Fort Ann EMS

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