Investigators say a man died at a hospital shortly after the minivan he was driving veered off Interstate 81 before coming to a rest in a ditch south of Binghamton.

Authorities say 56-year-old Gasparo Mendicino of Moscow, Pennsylvania, was unconscious in the vehicle when a Broome County sheriff's deputy arrived at the scene. The minivan was found nose-down against a concrete sluice pipe between the northbound and southbound lanes of the highway in the town of Kirkwood.

The sheriff's deputy performed CPR and used an automated external defibrillator on Mendicino. He was taken to Wilson Medical Center in Johnson City where he was pronounced dead.

Investigators say the crash was reported around 6:30 Thursday evening. They say the minivan left the southbound lanes of I-81 and traveled through the snow-covered median.

No other vehicles were involved and traffic near the crash scene was not affected.

Contact WNBF News reporter Bob Joseph: bob@wnbf.com

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