Two killed when ATV hit by dump truck

By Brian Sweeney
Two children were killed last week when the All-Terrain Vehicle they were riding on collided with a dump truck in the Town of Gilboa.

Officials from the Schoharie County Sheriff’s Department said the victims were the ATV driver Jeffrey Jones, 16, of North Blenheim and a passenger, Brittany Paes, 12, of Gilboa.

Sheriff’s department officials said the accident occurred about 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday. The crash took place as Jones was attempting to drive across Route 30 and collided with a southbound dump truck owned by the Carver Company of Schoharie. The impact of the crash ejected both the victims from the ATV.

Officials said that Jones was wearing a protective helmet, but Paes did not have a helmet.
Emergency personnel from the Grand Gorge and Roxbury fire departments responded to the scene. The victims were taken by ambulance to the Margaretville Hospital where they were pronounced dead at approximately 2 p.m.

No charges
The driver of the dump truck, who was not identified by name, was not injured. No tickets were issued in the incident. Investigators have not released an official

The accident took place very close to Paes’ home, investigators said. The students had completed the school year at Gilboa Central School the day before the tragedy.

Superintendent Ruth Reeve issued the following statement: “On behalf of the Gilboa-Conesville Central School Community, we express our condolences to the families, the students and all affected community members. As always, we will stay together as a family.”