Anderson family members shuttled between hospitals Thursday, monitoring the worst of their children’s injuries from the State Street accident the night before.
Six of the family’s seven children, along with their mother, were hit by a pickup truck Wednes-
day, creating a scene shocking even to police.
Ten-year-old Lynn Anderson suffered the worst, with broken legs and internal injuries that required surgery to remove her spleen.
Her grandmother, Elizabeth Speanburg, said she and other relatives stayed at Albany Medical Center late into the night, until the operation was complete.
Others were at Ellis Hospital, tending to the rest of the family.
“My God, she’s only 10,” Speanburg said Thursday at the family’s Moyston Street home. “It’s terrible, I can’t believe this happened.”
Authorities continued their investigation into the accident Thursday. A final decision on who was at fault is not expected until today.
What police know is that the family was crossing State Street near Chestnut, going to the Hamilton Hill side from Vale, just after 6 p.m. There is no crosswalk there.
They were hit by a truck operated by Joel M. Eddy of Saratoga County, who was heading toward downtown Schenectady. He was not injured. No charges have been filed and police said alcohol and drugs do not appear to be a factor.
There was no answer Thursday evening at a phone number matching Eddy’s information. Eddy was visibly distraught, police department spokesman officer Kevin Green said. “He appeared to be in shock. He was pretty upset.” Police were unable to provide his age and a more specific address.
Taken by helicopter to Albany Medical Center were Lynn Anderson and her 2-year-old brother Charles. Lynn was listed Thursday in critical condition, her brother serious, with a concussion. Their mother, Sherry Anderson, 38, was also admitted to Albany Medical Center, suffering from a concussion and a leg injury.
Lynn’s twin sister Susan was among those taken to Ellis. She suffered broken legs, Speanburg said. Sapeca, 15, suffered a leg injury. Elizabeth, 11, named after her grandmother, was also taken to Ellis with a leg injury. Six-year-old Isiah suffered an injury to his head with bruising.
The grandmother expected some to be released from the hospital Thursday afternoon.
Another sibling, 14-year-old Angela, was with her grandmother at the time, celebrating her birthday.
The mother of the children, Sherry, is a housewife, Speanburg said, and the father, Edward, is a contractor. They’ve been married 19 years.
“It’s tough on him,” Speanburg said of the father. “He doesn’t know which way to go.”
Friends described the children as good kids.
“The family is very close,” said Judy Atchinson, who runs the youth program Quest and has given the children rides to the program. “They are quite well behaved children. They’re decent, nice, everyday good kids.”
The enormity of the accident could be heard in the first arriving officer’s voice on the police radio, said Green.
Green arrived a short time later.
“We all just headed there,” Green said. “And then you get there and see little kids, ages 2 to 15, lying in the street screaming for their mother.”
“It’s definitely one of the worst I’ve seen in some time.”
The accident was not caught on the city’s bank of surveillance cameras, officials said. But the immediate aftermath was caught on the in-car camera of the first officer arriving, Donald Kiser.
Green, who reviewed the video, said Kiser had been seconds away, doing traffic enforcement. The family can be seen on the street. The truck is still there. Five or six people from the nearby Mohawk Ambulance headquarters run to the scene. Passing motorists stop. Neighbors arrive.
Paramedics are outnumbered by victims at first, but soon, there are two paramedics for each child.
“You could hear the screaming,” Green said of the video. “Cars pulled over and average citizens got out to comfort the children and keep them warm.”
One man could be seen walking up and sitting with one of the dazed girls until she could be taken to the hospital.
“There are just a lot of people to thank,” Green said.
A fund has been set up in the family’s name at local Citizens Bank locations, police said. Donations to the Anderson Family Fund can be made at any branch.