GUILDERLAND, N.Y. -- Authorities are investigating an accident at Route 158 in both directions at Route 146 in Guilderland, in which a bus and car collided.
The accident involved a car and a school bus, and police at the scene say the bus and the car collided at the intersection.
There were no injuries to the bus driver or a male passenger, but the female, 17-year-old Kelsey Heidenstrom, the driver of the silver Honda Accord was trapped and crews had to use tools to cut her out of the vehicle. She was taken to Albany Medical Center and is in stable condition.
But before the initial 911 calls one off duty firefighter, Matthew Farnan, was at the scene. An employee at Phillips Hardware on the corner of Route 146 and Route 158, he heard the accident as it happened right outside the store.
"First thing that I seen was a bus, I prioritized that, I ran in, nobody seemed injured," he said.
Farnan, who is also a volunteer firefighter at the East Berne Fire Department, then went to check on the car.
"At the time there was a bystander pulling her out, which I then forcefully pulled him off of her and told her to keep in the car," he said, possibly preventing further injury to the woman.
While he assisted the driver, his manager called 911. He eventually took over the call and told the dispatcher that the woman's legs were pinned by the car's steering wheel. The victim was talking, but injuries were visable.
Farnan says he's not a hero, that whether he's on the job or not, he's always a first responder.
"Being with the fire department it's just what we do, like we understand since we're a volunteer service, you might be required to do your duty whenever you need," he said.
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