TROY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A scary accident sent a well-known man to the hospital fighting for his life.
Multiple sources with knowledge of the incident confirm to NEWS10 ABC that former democratic candidate for the 43rd senate district Brian Howard fell and hit his head while clearing snow off his roof in Troy.
Police and fire officials said a man was up on a ladder when the accident happened. Details of the accident are minimal, but NEWS10 ABC learned the man was taken to Albany Medical Center with major head trauma.
Troy police responded to 9 Meridian Ct. Thursday afternoon for a 911 call. When they arrived they found a man in his 60s suffering from a major head trauma.
Rensselaer County Democratic Chairman Thomas Wade confirmed to NEWS10 ABC the man who fell was Howard, and Wade said he fell from his roof while clearing snow.
Police said the man had spoken with his wife earlier in the day and told her he was going to clear off the roof. Police said his wife arrived home and found her husband lying in the driveway. He was rushed to Albany Med in life-threatening condition.
A ladder and two shovels could be seen lying next to the driveway.
Howard is a former superintendent for the Troy City School District. He also served as superintendent and principal at several other area schools.
The accident has roof clearing experts warning others of the danger. Jim Fuller owns Fuller Service, a company that specializes in roof cleaning. He said the current conditions are perfect for accidents.
Fuller said this year’s frigid temperatures and lingering snow has made roofs extra dangerous.
“You shouldn’t be on a ladder,” he said. “At this time of year, you’re probably leaning up against ice dams. [The weather] has allowed the ice dams to build up, and that’s what’s on the edge of the roof.”
A professional should be called to clear roofs.
At last check, sources said Howard was in the intensive care unit at Albany Med.
Howard was listed in critical condition as of Thursday night.