Local teen seriously injured after head-on crash in Saratoga

SARATOGA, N.Y. (NEWS10) – An 18-year old is hospitalized with life-threatening injuries after a serious accident in the Town of Saratoga on Wednesday.

Police said an 18-year-old male was driving a Nissan sedan on Route 29 near Homestead Road in Saratoga when it crossed into oncoming traffic and struck a Freightliner tractor trailer head on.

An eyewitness showed NEWS10 ABC where the accident occurred.

“You can see there are no skid marks, so it happened almost in an instant,” Wayne Bakken described. “You look up here, the car hit on the right hand side – on this side of the lines – smashed into the truck. The driver’s side of the truck was smashed up, and of course, the car ended up there in pieces.”

Police say the 18-year-old driver was entrapped in the vehicle and needed to be extricated.

Another eyewitness, James Grotto, works in his family business on the side of Route 29. He said the victim was trapped in his car, which was “smashed like an accordion.”

“He was trying to, like, push himself out,” Grotto said. “We tried to tell him not to move and stuff like that. The engine was, like, in his lap.”

The driver, from the Saratoga area, was flown from the scene to Albany Medical Center with serious injuries. He’s currently being listed in critical condition. Police are withholding his name pending notification of family members.

His friend, Gabriella Woods, said she was with him just hours before the accident occurred.

“He’s gonna be a senior next year,” she said. “He’s a good kid. He’s the last person you’d expect this to happen to.”

Woods said she spoke with the victim’s family and said he was in surgery.

The driver of the tractor-trailer, identified as Thomas Hohn Jr., 68, of Hoosick Falls, N.Y., was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Wednesday’s accident is not the first of its kind on Route 29. Local business owners said people often drive over the speed limit

“I’ve seen cars go through here, like, 70, 75,” Grotto said. “Sometimes motorcycles will actually go by on one wheel doing, like, 100.”

The collision is under investigation by the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office.

 

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