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Troy Firefighters Extricate One Person from Rollover Accident

By JEFFREY BELSCHWINDER, Senior Correspondent | September 08, 2021 | NEW YORK

Story No. 092721114

TROY, NY - On September 8th just after 10:41 P.M., the City of Troy's Fire and Police Departments were dispatched to the intersection of River Street and Hoosick Street for a delta determined traffic accident rollover with heavy entrapment.

At the time of this incident the Rensselaer County Emergency Communication Center had been struck by lightning, and a power outage caused the center to not be able to dispatch calls. Fortunately, the East Greenbush Police Department’s Communication Center was able to successfully dispatch calls until Rensselaer County was brought back online a short time later.

Within two minutes, the rescue squad, along with Truck 2, Medic 4, and the battalion chief arrived on scene and confirmed a single-car rollover, with the vehicle off the roadway and under the Hoosick Street overpass. Firefighters attempted to access the patient inside of the vehicle, but due to heavy entrapment extrication was required.

The battalion chief requested additional manpower to the scene. Police arrived and shut down the intersection as other officers made their way down to the scene where they found a vehicle that was missing a large portion of the front end, and car parts scattered up to 30-feet away from the vehicle. With a large amount of fluid leaking from the vehicle, firefighters deployed a single hand line down to the scene in case of a fire.

Crews utilized their cutter-spreaders and began to cut the driver's side door off of the vehicle. Once the door was removed, firefighters began to assess the conditions inside the car where the driver was still trapped, as the floor and dash had wrapped up the driver's legs. Firefighters made two relief cuts in the area of the lower frame on the car and next to the driver's legs. A ram was then utilized, slowly rolling the dash forward to allow firefighters to gain access to the driver.

Firefighters were able to free the driver's legs after a short period of time, at which time they were placed on a backboard and quickly transported to Albany Medical Center.

Damage to a wall and sidewalk area on scene suggests that the driver of the vehicle came down Hoosick Street and hit a wall just before the staircase by the underpass, and then rolled down into the location where the vehicle eventually landed.

Police took photos of the incident and made a report. The vehicle was later removed by a tow company and the intersection was re-opened. At this time police did not indicate if alcohol or any other substance was a contributing factor to the incident.

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