Firefighters worked for more than an hour to extricate a man from the mangled wreckage of a car that crashed Thursday morning on Route 5.
Authorities at the scene did not release the name of the victim, who appeared to be in his late teens or early 20s. He was conscious and spoke with witnesses who called authorities right after the crash.
Firefighters arrived at the scene just after 11:30 a.m. to find the vehicle crushed against a tree near the Amsterdam Public Works Department facility. One witness at the scene said he heard tires screeching and heard a smack not long afterward. Another witness said all he saw was a cloud of dust and a large road sign – sheared off by the vehicle – fly into the air.
Firefighters called in for extra tools to dismantle the car and extricate the victim. Fire Chief Richard Liberti said firefighters had to remove numerous pieces of the vehicle to free the man’s leg, which was trapped.
Police closed off the eastbound lane of Route 5 to make room for a MedFlight helicopter called in to take the man to a hospital. The man was freed and placed onto a stretcher just before 1 p.m.
Liberti said he expected to have details on the man’s identity later today.