Victim is rescued from embankment (Photo: NEWS CENTER)
Traffic backed up on Rt 7 due to crash (Photo: NEWS CENTER)
COLONIE, N.Y. - Portion of Alternate Route 7 eastbound has now reopened after an accident shut down the road near the Miller Road overpass for the morning.
Emergency crews arrived on scene of the single-vehicle accident around 9 a.m. finding a male victim entrapped in his car. Crews say the vehicle traveled 50-feet off the road, 30-feet down an embankment off Alt. Route 7 and wrapped around a tree, trapping the victim inside.
Responders were able to pull the victim up from the embankment and say the victim is still alive, however his condition is unknown. Traffic was restricted to one lane as crews worked to rescue the man.
Latham's Assistant Fire Chief Robert King says in his 17 years, this was the worst disentanglement they've had.
"He was basically wrapped around a tree," says King. "The entire steering column and the roof were all into the patient himself. He was completely entangled in the vehicle. We had to have a tree service come in to help us remove the tree. Then we were able to cut the car apart piece by piece and actually remove the seat from the bottom of the car, in order to gain enough access to the patient."