COLONIE – An Albany County sheriff’s sergeant expecting his second child within in weeks was seriously injured in a Monday-morning crash with a tractor-trailer in Colonie, authorities said.
The sergeant, later identified by Joseph Iachetta, 30, of Colonie, was taken to Albany Medical Center with what police described as serious injuries that left him unconscious and will require multiple surgeries.
The driver of the tractor-trailer was identified as Gregory Discipio, 25, of Rotterdam. He was uninjured in the crash. He was operating the tractor-trailer for Price Chopper/Market 32.
Iachetta had his sheriff’s K-9 Rice with him. Rice was not injured in the crash, authorities said.
The crash pinned Iachetta unconscious in his patrol vehicle for 30 to 40 minutes until he could be extricated by first responders, Sheriff Craig Apple said late Monday afternoon.
Iachetta was undergoing a lengthy surgery Monday evening and was expected to undergo more surgery into the evening, Apple said.
Iachetta, a seven-year veteran of the department, is married, lives in Colonie with his wife and child. He and his wife are expecting their second child within weeks, Apple said.
“Please keep Joe in your prayers,” Apple wrote on Facebook. “He will have a long recovery ahead of him.”
The crash happened at about 6:13 a.m. at the entrance of Colonie Plaza off Route 5, near the intersection with Route 155.
Both vehicles were traveling east when the tractor-trailer attempted to turn right into the plaza at 1892 Central Ave., police said.
In doing so, the tractor-trailer turned in front of the sheriff’s SUV, which struck the trailer and became stuck beneath it, police said.
The sergeant was extricated by fire department personnel and taken to the hospital with severe injuries, police said.
K-9 Rice was taken to a local veterinarian to be sure he was OK, police said.
Both directions of Central Avenue were shut down for about an hour after the crash, when the westbound lanes reopened, police said. The eastbound lanes remained closed until about 2 p.m. for the investigation.
The Colonie Fire Company, Midway, Stanford Heights, Fuller Road and Niskayuna fire departments all responded and assisted with the extrication. Colonie EMS transported the officer to the hospital.
Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to contact the Colonie Police Traffic Division at 518-782-2600.