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Trooper revives driver who went off the road during medical emergency

ROYALTON – A state trooper was able to revive a man who suffered a medical emergency and drove off of Route 77 on Monday.

A resident who heard the crash called police, who found the vehicle 110 feet off the road.

The driver, Norman E. Niethe, 86, of Lockport was found unconscious and not breathing. The unidentified trooper and resident who heard the crash were able to remove Niethe from the vehicle. He was unconscious and not breathing. The trooper immediately performed CPR until emergency services arrived. Niethe was breathing with the assistance of oxygen and conscious, complaining of back and arm pain, when he was taken by ambulance to the hospital.

His wife, Jane Niethe, a passenger in the vehicle, complained of lower back pain and also was taken by ambulance to a local hospital.

Police said Niethe lost control of his vehicle when he experienced a medical emergency. As he approached a curve in the road, he crossed into the oncoming lane, striking a street sign in a small ditch. The vehicle continued through a driveway and struck an earthen embankment, sending the vehicle airborne. The vehicle came to rest in a field.

Norman Niethe is listed in fair condition Wednesday and is expected to recover, police said.