PITTSTOWN, N.Y. (NEWS10) — More information regarding the victims of a three-vehicle crash that killed one person and injured six others Saturday morning on Route 7 in Pittstown has been released.
The accident occurred around 11:45 a.m.. Saturday on Route 7 near Baker Road. Officials from the New York State Police and Pittstown Fire Department at the scene say three cars were involved in the crash. One car flipped onto its roof, and two others ended up in a ditch.
Officials say one person was killed in the accident, and another six were injured. One child was flown to Albany Medical Center, and another five people were taken to Albany Med via ambulance. Officials say every person riding in each of the three cars was injured in the crash.
“New York State Police is investigating a three car motor vehicle accident on state route seven of Pittstown occurred approx. 11:45 am three vehicles involved one fatality six injured in addition to that. One of those injured was a child flown to Albany medical center. Causation is under investigation at this point we expect the road to be closed for approx. another two hours (until four or five o’clock pm) and we had multiple responders here including Pittstown chief here was in charge of the non-police assets here,“ said NYS Police Lieutenant, Dan Larkin.
“That’s correct we had a number of agencies that we called in immediately for assistance Raymour town, Brunswick, Hoosick, Valley Falls and West Hoosick assisted us with immediately closing the road this morning,” said Pittstown Fire Chief, Joshua Kautz.
The State Police were assisted by the Pittstown and Brunswick Fire Departments, five ambulance companies, the State Department of Transportation and numerous other emergency responders. The State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit also responded to assist with investigating the cause of the collision.
Route 7 was closed for approximately five hours between County Rte 111 (Parker School Rd) (Pittstown) and Reservoir Lake Rd (Pittstown).
At this time many of the victims are still at Albany Medical Center, but state police say none of them have life-threatening conditions.
NEWS10 has learned more about the person who died and some of those injured, but we’re not releasing their names until all family has been notified.
“Just to have your kids like that and then you lose your mom in the same day, I just, I couldn’t even imagine,” said Kristin Schoenheidde, friends of the victims.
Kristin Schoenheidde is still trying to process what happened Saturday morning, when tragedy struck close family friends.
“I just don’t comprehend how it happened,” Schoenheidde said.
Her friend in her 50s was driving on State Highway 7 by Baker Road in Pittstown around 11:45 when she got into a head-on crash with two other vehicles.
Two of her friend’s grandkids, twin 9-year-old girls were in the back seat; 1 airlifted to Albany Medical Center, the other taken by ambulance.
Her friend died in the crash.
“We had one fatality and six injured. All of the vehicle occupants from all three vehicles were injured,” said Daniel Larkin, New York State Police Lieutenant.
State police say all of those injuries are non-life-threatening and that it’s likely because they were all wearing seatbelts.
But the cause is still unknown. Crews spent most of the day reconstructing the scene to figure it out.
“It was a very challenging scene. A lot of vehicles and good Samaritans stopping to help,” said Chief Joshua Kautz of the Pittstown Fire Department.
“Her grandkids are her life, they were her life,” Schnoenheidde said.
Schoenheidde said she’s been neighbors with her friend for years and that she had a lot of love for the people around her.
“A very good person, very happy, would always help you out if you needed it,” Schoenheidde said.
It’s the same with the twins, who currently go to Hoosick Falls Elementary School and are cheerleaders for the local pee-wee football team.
Her daughter’s really close with them.
“She’s aware of it and she’s very upset by it and we’re hoping that they come out okay,” Schoenheidde said.
At this time that’s all they can hope for.
“Just everyone say prayers for them for the girls and the family,” Schoenheidde said.
State police report that none of the injuries are life-threatening, however Schoenheidde reports some injuries include broken bones and internal bleeding.
NEWS10 ABC will provide the latest updates on the condition of the victims, as well as the cause of the crash as it is made available.