WARRENSBURG, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Two people have died after being hit by an 18-wheeled logging truck on Warrensburg’s Main Street (Route 9). Part of Main Street, between Horicon Avenue and Stewart Farrar Avenue, have been closed since the crash, which took place at around 1 p.m. Friday.
Police confirmed three pedestrians were hit during the crash. RuthAnn Angle, 75, of North Manchester, IN, Dana Kaplan-Angle, 33, of Brooklyn, NY, and Robert Dowling, 33, also of Brooklyn were visiting the area and had been visiting local shops earlier that day.
RuthAnn Angle and her niece, Dana Kaplan-Angle died on scene as a result of injuries sustained in the crash. Dowling was taken to the Glens Falls Hospital with injuries that were believed to be non-life threatening, according to police.
“I’ve never seen anything like this before. I have lived here since I was in 6th grade and now I’m 52, so I have never seen an accident there,” said Tim Baer, a resident.
The driver of the 2006 Peterbuilt tractor trailer was turning left from Richards Avenue onto Main Street and struck a group of three pedestrians within the intersection. Additional reports indicated that at least one of the pedestrians was entrapped under the trailer of the vehicle.
Police said at this time alcohol, drugs, and speed do not appear to be factors in the crash.
Baer said he always believed this intersection to be a safe one.
“Knowing that it was just pedestrians and not a car involved in the intersection, I was very surprised to hear that,” said he.
Warrensburg Fire Chief Jason Hull said with the warmer weather bringing more people out; drivers need to be extra cautious.
“Well, there’s a little more foot traffic now because it springtime and nice weather is starting to come around. People are starting to get out more of COVID-19 restrictions are being lifted. People just have to watch out for pedestrians, and they are all over the place. It’s a sad day and especially to happened like this,” said Chief Hull.
The Warren County Sheriff’s Fffice was assisted at the scene by the New York State Police, the Warrensburg Fire Department, the Warrensburg Rescue Squad, the Lake George Rescue Squad and by the New York State Department of Transportation.
This is a developing story and more information will be added as it becomes available.