Police chief calling to lower speed limit near Pilot truck stop following crash

SCHODACK, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A fatal motorcycle accident in Schodack that claimed the life of a local firefighter has many people mourning and also questioning why it happened in the first place.

Viewers took to social media and emailed us their concerns about heavy semi truck traffic along that stretch of Route 9 where the crash happened Tuesday morning.

Police say Doug Noble of East Greenbush was riding his motorcycle southbound on Route 9 in Schodack, it was near the Pilot Truck Stop that he crashed into a semi that was turning left into the gas station.

Noble died in the crash.

The semi driver was ticketed for failing to yield the right of way.

Right after the crash, NEWS10 ABC received emails like these from drivers who told us they that they see trucks along this stretch of Route 9 frequently pull out in front of cars and motorcycles. One man detailing his own experience, saying he and another driver came to a screeching halt when a semi made a sudden left turn directly in front of them.

“I wouldn’t say that it’s totally unsafe,” Schodack Police Chief Bernhard Peter said.

Chief Peter points to dense semi traffic coming and going from the Hannaford distribution Center, Duie Pyle and at the truck stop itself.

The other problem? Speed. The Chief says too many drivers, those in trucks, cars and motorcycles, simply do not observe the 55 MPH limit.

“I would like the speed limit lowered in that area.”

NEWS10 ABC’S Anya Tucker watched traffic for more than an hour. We didn’t see any dangerous driving but noticed that it takes about seven seconds for a rig to completely cross the road.

The chief says he and his officers routinely conduct speed enforcement efforts.

“Once we are in the area for a few minutes the word is out on the CB radios that we’re in the area, everyone is on their best behavior. When we leave they go back to bad driving.”

The chief says they are not finding much else to charge the driver with. He says they went over the truck top to bottom and found nothing else wrong, including hours on his logbook.

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