Clifton Park

State Police: Car crashed into DOT vehicle

The crash occurred Tuesday morning

CLIFTON PARK — A 29-year-old Ballston Lake woman who was distracted by her radio crashed into a state Department of Transportation truck Tuesday on Interstate 87, according to the State Police.

The crash happened at around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, as Amanda Lynch was driving onto the northbound lanes of Interstate 87 from Exit 9, according to State Police Spokesman Trooper Mark Cepiel.

After traveling for a little less than a mile, Cepiel said Lynch switched from the right lane to the far-left lane. 

When she tried to change the radio station, her 2018 Chevrolet Suburban crashed into the back of the parked DOT’s “attenuator,” a truck with an energy-absorbing barrier on the back meant to prevent vehicles from entering construction work zones.

“I will say that it functioned precisely as it’s supposed to,” Cepiel said.

A state DOT spokesperson in an email referred questions regarding the crash to the state police.

The crash caused the left and center lanes between exits 9 and 10 to be closed to traffic for approximately 2 hours, according to a DOT alert.

Cepiel said there was no one inside the DOT vehicle at the time. He added he didn’t know how much damage Lynch’s vehicle sustained, other than to say it had to be towed.

Lynch was issued one ticket for failure to keep right, Cepiel said. He said there was nothing that showed there was any damage to the DOT vehicle.

Lynch complained of abdominal pain and was taken to Saratoga Hospital, Cepiel said.

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