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Woman, child pulled from rollover crash in city

Woman, child pulled from rollover crash in city

Two-car crash sends three to hospital, but no life-threatening injuries reported
Woman, child pulled from rollover crash in city
Schenectady firefighters remove the driver involved in a rollover crash on Van Vranken Avenue Sept. 1, 2017.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber

SCHENECTADY  -- A mother and daughte were sent to the hospital Friday morning after the SUV they were in rolled over on Van Vranken Avenue, according to police and witnesses.

Both were alert and talking at the scene and appeared to have been properly restrained inside the vehicle at the time of the crash, witnesses said. 

Two men helped pull the apparently unharmed girl from the overturned SUV. A woman then watched after the girl until rescuers arrived and pulled her mother out.

"She (the girl) was strapped up in a car seat nice and safe," witness Stuart James said. "She was a little scared, but she was a trooper, though."

James said he unstrapped the girl while another man lowered her out of the seat.

The two-car crash happened shortly after 9 a.m. in the area of Hattie and Nott streets.  

Police did not have further information about how the crash happened, but both the mother and daughter, as well as the driver of the other vehicle were taken to Ellis Hospital as a precaution.

James said he heard the crash as he  turned left from Van Vranken onto Nott Street headed toward a job. When he saw what happened, he turned back to offer any help he could.

Sam Prasad, who works at the nearby GooseHill Wine & Liquor, helped remove the girl. 

"The kid was alright, just traumatized," he said.

The crash closed Van Vranken for about an hour, reopening to traffic shortly after 10 a.m.

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