Tractor trailer, two cars involved in crash on Route 7
Photo: NEWS CENTER
Photo: NEWS CENTER
HOOSICK, N.Y. - Route 7 in Hoosick, Rensselaer County, has reopened between Route 22 and Fox Hollow Road after a crash involving a tractor trailer that occurred around 9:40 a.m. Monday morning.
State Police say the crash involved two cars and the tractor trailer, which rolled over on Route 7. The driver of the truck and passengers in one car were taken to Albany Medical Center. The driver of the vehicle involved was taken to Albany Med via med flight. The extent of their injuries are unknown, however police say none of the injuries appear to be life threatening.
Passengers in the second vehicle involved spoke to the NEWS CENTER saying they were traveling with the first car in front of them, driving home from Vermont on Route 7. The driver said the tractor trailer was traveling eastbound, in the opposite direction around a bend, when the truck tipped over and struck the two cars.
"He tipped over and he hit that car on the driver side," the driver said. "He kept tipping and tipping, and then he hit us on the rear side, and just missed the front door." Luckily, everyone in the second car involved escaped with no serious injuries.
The Rensselaer County Sheriff's Office says that the accident is in the same general location on Route 7 where they have had other serious crashes in the past, including a tanker that rolled over and exploded.
One local trucking company CLS Transportation says it's been a problem area.
"Say you meet a car on that road and you catch a shoulder with a truck 80,000 lbs. it's tough to pull it back," said Bryan Pello about the bends along Route 7 for trucks heading east coming down the hill. "Maybe some signage for trucks -- that would be the best thing."
And that's exactly what Stan Brownell, a Rennsslear County legislator, would like to see.
"At the top of the hill coming down heading eastbound I think you really need ‘slow hill ahead' and a flashing signal going through the forest in my opinion," he said.
Another way he says is to straighten the road to make it easier for drivers- this particular portion of Route 7 does go through Tibbets Forrest, a green area owned by the state.
But, these aren't new ideas. Legislator Brownell says the county has passed a resolution earlier this year for the State DOT to conduct a traffic study of the area, but said nothing has been done.
"Their resources are stretched to the max but we have a problem in Hoosick and we need attention as well," said Brownell.
Calls made to the State DOT by NEWS CENTER have not been returned by airtime. Legislator Brownell said he plans on bringing this matter up again at the next meeting scheduled in August.
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