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Firefighters pull Rotterdam driver from Niskayuna rollover

Firefighters pull Rotterdam driver from Niskayuna rollover

Firefighters pull Rotterdam driver from Niskayuna rollover
Fire District 1 paramedics work to free the driver of this Fiat after it struck a utility pole
Photographer: Peter R. Barber/Gazette Photographer

NISKAYUNA - Firefighter paramedics freed a trapped driver early Sunday morning after an SUV overturned on Union Street.

The driver was alert when firefighters pulled him out. Police later described his injuries as non-life-threatening.

The crash happened shortly after 1 a.m. in front of 1786 Union St. The Fiat SUV appeared to strike a utility pole and overturned. There also appeared to be damage to the vehicle's roof.

Police identified the driver as Joseph Margiotta, 52, of Rotterdam. It appeared Margiotta fell asleep, crossed all lanes of traffic and struck a utility pole, Deputy Police Chief Michael Stevens said.

The driver was briefly trapped inside and firefighters from Niskayuna Fire District 1 responded and got him out.

Police issued Margiotta a summons for unsafe lane change, Stevens said.

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