Crash involving construction equipment closes 9W for hours


SELKIRK, NY (WRGB) - A nearly head-on crash closed a portion of Rt. 9W in Selkirk for three hours on Thursday as police investigated.

The driver of one of those cars suffered multiple injuries.

"The Ford SUV crossed and struck the vehicle in a sideswiped fashion, and sideswiped the entire truck and trailer and actually tore the door off the SUV," Bethlehem Police Commander Adam Hornick said.

The driver of the SUV was identified as Edgar A. Deutsch, 77, of Glenmont. He was taken to Albany Medical Center with a number of injuries and is listed in serious but stable condition.

The driver of the truck hauling construction equipment was on scene, but did not wish to speak with CBS 6. Police say he tried to veer off the road once the SUV drifted into his lane.

"That driver being able to take evasive action is a key important thing and that shows the whole purpose of people not driving distracted," Hornick said.

Hornick says it's unknown right now why Deutsch's SUV crossed lanes.

"We're fortunate in some ways that it actually wasn't a head-on collision, and then you have the two vehicles traveling at 55 miles an hour, head-on into each other."

He says police spoke with a few witnesses who were near the cars when the crash happened, but they're always looking to hear from anyone who saw what happened.

"The more people that are able to add a piece to that puzzle, it makes it easier for us," Hornick said.

If you witnessed the crash, contact Bethlehem Police at 518-439-9973

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