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Police: Driver strikes parked car, rolls over in Rotterdam

Police: Driver strikes parked car, rolls over in Rotterdam

Bystanders tended to the driver until paramedics arrived, witness says
Police: Driver strikes parked car, rolls over in Rotterdam
A still from a brief video shot in the aftermath of the accident by Nick Danna
Photographer: Nick Danna

ROTTERDAM -- Bystanders tended to the victim of a car rollover on Mariaville Road Sunday night before paramedics arrived and took her to the hospital, police and.

The crash happened at about 8:30 p.m. near the intersection with Franklin Street, police said.

The vehicle was headed west on Mariaville Road when it hit a car parked along the side of the road and flipped onto its roof, police spokesman Lt. Jeffrey Collins said.

The driver was taken to an area hospital, Collins said. Further information on the driver's injuries was unavailable Monday, but Collins called them non-life-threatening.

The woman was conscious and alert, according to witness Nick Danna. Danna was approaching a friend's front door near the crash scene when he said he saw the accident happen.

Danna got his friend's attention then ran over to get the doors open to the car to let the airbag smoke out and determine how many people were in the car. He saw just one, the driver.

"I went to the passenger side of the car and tried to help the lady get out of her seat without moving her a lot in case she had any broken bones or anything," Danna told The Daily Gazette Monday via Facebook, "but at least get her close enough to the door to get out in case something ignited."

A brief video shot by Danna in the aftermath and posted to Facebook.

She told of pain to her head from hitting the roof, he said. More neighbors soon came over to help as others called 911, he said.

The Rotterdam rollover happened on the same evening as another rollover in Schenectady and a serious motorcycle crash in Glenville.

In the Schenectady crash, a driver hit a gas pump at the Brandywine Speedway at about 11 p.m., rolling the vehicle onto its side. That driver then fled the scene, Schenectady police said.

In Glenville, a motorcyclist was seriously injured at about 11:30 p.m. in a one-vehicle crash on Route 5. Glenville police cited excessive speed in that crash.

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