DRIVER TRAPPED AFTER CRASH IN ALBANY

by Christian Mower on March 28, 2012

CONWAY FIRE CHIEF STEVE SOLOMON SAYS IT TOOK ABOUT 25 MINUTES TO REMOVE THE ENTIRE SIDE OF A DRIVER’S SEDAN TO FREE THE DRIVER AFTER A COLLISION ON ROUTE 16 IN ALBANY WEDNESDAY MORNING.

CONWAY FIRE AND RESCUE RESPONDED SHORTLY AFTER 6:30 A.M. TO THE AREA NEAR THE GOLDEN AGE SHOP WHERE SOLOMON SAYS MORE THAN AN INCH OF SNOW COVERED ICE ON THE ROAD.

THE CHIEF SAYS A VALLEY RESIDENT IN HIS 30s DRIVING A SOUTHBOUND SUV LOST CONTROL AND SLID INTO THE DRIVER’S SIDE DOOR OF A NORTHBOUND SEDAN BEING DRIVEN BY ANOTHER VALLEY RESIDENT IN HIS 40s. THE FORCE OF THE COLLISION SPUN THE SEDAN AROUND AND THE DRIVER WAS TRAPPED INSIDE.

THE ROAD WAS CLOSED WHILE RESPONDERS WORKED AT THE SCENE.

AIRBAGS DEPLOYED IN BOTH VEHICLES. THE SUV DRIVER WASN’T HURT. THE SEDAN CRIVE SUFFERED GLASS CUTS AND BRUISES – AND COMPLAINED OF PAIN IN HIS SIDE. HE WAS TAKEN TO MEMORIAL HOSPITAL IN NORTH CONWAY WITH NON-LIFE THREATENING INJURIES.

SOLOMON SAYS BELIEVES THE INJURIES WOULD HAVE BEEN MORE SEVERE IF BOTH DRIVERS HAD NOT BEEN WEARING THEIR SEAT BELTS.

ROUTE 16 WAS RE-OPENED TO TRAFFIC ABOUT 7:45 A.M.