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Driver Loses Consciousness and Drives Down Embankment in Delmar

By THOMAS MARRA , Correspondent | July 21, 2021 | NEW YORK

Story No. 072421102

DELMAR, NY - A medical emergency caused a driver to drive down a grassy embankment in Delmar on Wednesday, July 21st.

Delmar Fire, Delmar-Bethlehem EMS, Albany County Paramedics and Bethlehem Police responded to the accident just after 4:45 P.M. Police say they received several calls for a vehicle off the road in the area of the Bethlehem Pump Station at 761 Delaware Ave.

“Upon investigation it was determined that the operator of a 2010 Mazda was traveling west on Delaware Avenue when he experienced a brief loss of consciousness which caused him to drive onto the right shoulder of the road,” according to a statement from Bethlehem Police.

The car struck the angled portion of the beginning of a guardrail, causing the vehicle to go along the embankment and strike a telephone pole before continuing down the embankment in a grassy area at the Pump Station.

The crash caused gasoline to leak from the vehicle, which firefighters cleaned up with absorbent material.

Police say there were no tickets issued to the operator. Both the driver and front-seat passenger refused medical attention and were released at the scene.

This article is a direct street report from our correspondent and has not been edited by the 1st Responder newsroom.