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DOT releases Hoosick accident report


HOOSICK, N.Y. -- Traffic has been rerouted on Route 7 in Hoosick due to a crash involving tractor trailer and two vehicles that sent three to the hospital.

Three people have been taken to the hospital, according to the Rensselaer County Sheriff's Office. The driver of a newspaper delivery van from Hancock, Mass., Fred Stace, was airlifted and is in critical condition.

The Rensselaer County Sheriff's Office says Stace was traveling east on Route 7 when he crossed over the double yellow line into a 18-wheel flatbed truck. The cause of the accident is under investigation.

The accident caused delays during the morning commute. A Pittstown resident and retired truck driver says Route 7 is notorious for accidents, especially involving tractor trailers.

"It's not the speed so much, it's how fast the turns are. They come up so quick, the turns get you," said Pittstown resident, Gary.

Today's crash happened in the same general location of other serious crashes in the past, including a tractor trailer accident in the summer which involved two other cars.

Rensselaer County Legislators have passed a number of resolutions to make Route 7 safer for drivers, including putting up more signs and requesting a traffic study.

When heading east, the detour begins at Spicer Road. Officials hope to have the road reopened by 1 p.m.

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