A Malta woman will likely face drunken-driving charges after a fiery one-car crash in Halfmoon early Saturday morning that sent her to the hospital.
According to state police in Clifton Park, 39-year-old Megan Carter was taken to Albany Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries after crashing into a ditch on Pruyn Hill Road around 1:45 a.m..
State police Sgt. Luke Splittgerber said Carter was being treated at the side of the road when police arrived. He said she appeared to be impaired by alcohol and was charged with common law driving while intoxicated. A formal charge is pending the results of a blood test administered at the hospital, he said.
According to neighbors near the accident scene, a New York State Electric and Gas employee passing by and a nearby resident pulled the woman from the burning Ford pickup truck, which came to rest in the ditch. Within minutes, an orange ball of flame lit up the night sky.
The accident occurred less than a half-mile south of the Hillcrest Fire Department, just past a sharp bend in the road. Hillcrest personnel quickly responded after neighbors awakened by the crash called 911. Based on visual evidence at the scene, the pickup was traveling at a high rate of speed and left the road at one point about 120 feet before coming to rest and bursting into flames.
Richard Lloyd, a nearby resident, said the noise that woke him “sounded like thunder and lightning.” His wife, Karen, looked out their front window and saw “flames under the hood.” They quickly called 911, and Richard Lloyd went out to join the rescue effort.
“She would have died for sure if they didn’t pull her out,” Karen Lloyd said.
Splittgerber said the exact cause of the accident is so far unknown, but an investigation is continuing.