The New York State Police report that a 40-year-old Deposit man was killed on Wednesday when his pickup truck collided with a tractor trailer hauling a pre-fabricated house in the town of Sanford, NY.
Bruce Singleton was a football coach at Seton Catholic Central High School in Binghamton, according to the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin, which ran an article on the accident last night:
Bruce Singleton, a defensive and special teams coach at Seton Catholic Central in Binghamton, was killed when his pickup truck collided with a tractor-trailer, according to state police.
According to Seton Catholic Central head football coach Mike Story, Singleton began coaching football at the school in the fall of 2010.
"I was fortunate enough to not just coach with Bruce, but to work with him," Story said. "I would spend 12 hours a day with him. There are a lot of good people in the world, but there are few who are not only good but make those around him better. He was one of those.
"The kids loved him, he did a great job and was a super motivator," he added. "It's a great loss. It's a big set of shoes that won't be filled for a long time."
In a press release, which you can read in full below, the State Police describe how Singleton's 2008 Dodge pickup truck was travelling south on State Route 41 at 12:30pm on November 9 when its cab hit the extended mirror of a tractor trailer hauling pre-fabricated house heading the other way.
Singleton's pickup truck cab then hit a section of the house that was being hauled on the tractor-trailer. The driver of the tractor-trailer was Jason Hoffman of Pennsylvania.
Read the full press release from the State Police:
NYSP Investigates Fatal Motor Vehicle Accident (Sanford, N.Y., November 10, 2011)
On November 9, 2011, at approximately 12:33 p.m., the New York State Police in Deposit, N.Y., investigated a car/tractor trailer fatal motor vehicle accident that occurred on State Route 41 in the Town of Sanford, N.Y.
The initial investigation revealed a 2008 Dodge pick up truck, being operated by Bruce Singleton, age 40, of 8 Lippincott Place, Deposit, N.Y. was southbound on State Route 41 when it struck a northbound 2005 Freightliner hauling an oversized load being operated by Jason A. Hoffman, of 1088 State Route 104, Mifflinburg, Pennsylvania. Preliminary investigation indicates the cab of Singleton’s vehicle struck the extended mirror of Hoffman’s vehicle and then a section of a pre-fabricated house, the load being hauled. Bruce Singleton was declared deceased after the accident.
The investigation into the accident is ongoing.
Read Singleton's obituary, as printed in the Press & Sun-Bulletin:
Bruce Charles Singleton, 40, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, November 9, 2011. He was predeceased by his grandparents, Marjorie and Jim Singleton, Clayton and Lucille Powell, June Antalek. He is survived by his wife, Kelly and his daughter, Lucille Ann; parents, Lynn and Harry Hartz, Roger J. Singleton Sr., brothers Roger J. and Tiffany Singleton Jr., Jamie and Colleen Eldred, Jason Eldred, Mark and Maria Singleton, Neil and Kim Eldred; sisters, Dawn and Anthony Salvatore, Anita and Dave Sexton, Marcia and John VanDenBush; his in-laws, Kim and Fred Emmi; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Melissa and Jamie Hayes, Billy and Dena Comfort; his goddaughter, Leah Eldred; all his loving nieces, nephews and cousins who loved him so much, and many loving friends; and his beloved dogs, Butch and Sundance. He was varsity football coach of Seton Catholic Central and employee of J C Smith. He was an avid fisherman, Buffalo Bills fan, college basketball fanatic, loved the outdoors and peanut butter. He loved his family with all his heart. A funeral mass will be offered Monday, November 14, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. at St. John/St. Andrew Church, 1263 Vestal Avenue, Binghamton. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call at the Wm. R. Chase & Son Funeral Home, 737 Chenango Street, Port Dickinson, NY, Sunday from 1-4 p.m. Those wishing may make memorial contributions to Seton Catholic Central Athletic Fund, 30 Seminary Avenue, Binghamton, NY 13905 in memory of Bruce Singleton.