Sheriff: Vehicle flips after being cut off, 2 injured
QUEENSBURY, N.Y. -- The Warren County Sheriff's Office is investigating a crash on Quaker Road that they believe was caused by a texting driver.
On Friday sheriff's officers responded to a motor vehicle accident on Quaker Road, east of the Glenwood Avenue intersection in the Town of Queensbury.
According to police, the accident occurred when an eastbound vehicle traveling in the right lane unexpectedly swerved into the left lane, cutting off an eastbound 2011 Subaru operated by 20-year-old Amanda D. Halse of Fort Ann. Halse swerved into the turn median to avoid the collision and struck a 2007 Mercury operated by 24-year-old Lindsey A. Ludin of Bolton Landing. Ludin's Mercury was stopped in the turn median waiting to merge with westbound traffic. Halse's vehicle overturned after striking Ludin's vehicle and Halse's vehicle came to rest upside down in the turn median.
Halse and her sister, 15-year-old Karina M. Halse, were transported to Glens Falls Hospital by West Glens Falls Emergency.
The driver of the vehicle that caused the crash was reportedly texting on a cell phone. That vehicle did not stop and continued east on Quaker Road.
"It's all kind of a blur," said Amanda Halse. "And
I could see that he was texting because his hand was up by the window."
Unsure if there was a car behind her, and seeing another
car in the turning lane ahead to her left, Amanda says she reacted quickly to
avoid being hit.
"And then we hit the corner of the car which caused
our car to flip and roll."
Her was car totaled -- a twisted wreckage of metal and
glass was all that was left.
"I feel like I am incredibly lucky to be alive right
now. I feel like if I wasn't wearing my seatbelt I would have been crushed,"
Warren County Sheriff Lt. Steve Stockdale agrees that the
girls and the other driver whose car they hit are all very fortunate.
"It underscores the need for this type of
legislation, why it's important that it's against the law to operate a vehicle
while you're using a hand held device," said Lt. Stockdale.
Eyewitness descriptions of the other driver's car differ.
The girls say it was tan four-door, while police are looking for a car that's
either blue or silver.
Either way, Warren County Sheriffs are asking anyone with
information to contact them.
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