Beekmantown man dies in ATV accident; autopsy scheduled

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An autopsy is scheduled Monday for a 51-year-old Beekmantown man who died when he became trapped beneath his ATV in shallow water.

New York State Police say Robert F. Collins was on an early-morning ride when the ATV slid off the trail near Route 9 and Collins Lane and went down a four-foot embankment.

Several hours later, a family member found Collins trapped beneath the vehicle — a 2016 CForce 500cc — in shallow water and called 911. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Clinton County Coroner David F. Donah.

Collins’ body was taken to the University of Vermont Healthcare Network at CVPH in Plattsburgh.

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