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FREDONIA – A Fredonia man died after he lost control of the tractor-trailer he was driving on Thursday afternoon and struck several vehicles, police said.

Leland Johnson was traveling eastbound on Route 20 at the intersection of Route 60 in the Town of Pomfret at 2:04 p.m. when he lost consciousness and drifted into oncoming traffic, striking a 2002 Chevrolet Trail Blazer driven by Alicea Maysonet.

In an attempt to regain control of the tractor trailer, passenger Janice Johnson, tried to steer it off the south shoulder. The trailer then struck three vehicles parked at Guaranti Used Cars, continuing through the lot before entering a field and striking a tree.

Johnson was pronounced dead at Brooks Memorial Hospital in Dunkirk.