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Police: Two cars crash head-on near Rotterdam fire house; Both drivers allegedly drunk

Police: Two cars crash head-on near Rotterdam fire house; Both drivers allegedly drunk

Cash happened near the Rotterdam Fire District 2 station
Police: Two cars crash head-on near Rotterdam fire house; Both drivers allegedly drunk
The crash scene Monday night
Photographer: Rotterdam Fire District 2

ROTTERDAM -- Two cars driven by drunk drivers crashed head-on near a Rotterdam fire house Monday evening, sending one driver to the hospital, police said.

The crash happened on Curry Road near the Rotterdam Fire District 2 station just after 7 p.m., police said.

Members of the fire department happened to be at the station for their monthly meeting when the crash occurred. Firefighters heard the crash and rushed out to respond, fire officials said.

"Seconds after the crash occurred, two of our chiefs were on scene and determined there was a driver pinned inside one of the vehicles," the department wrote on its Facebook page.

One of the two drivers -- Kevin Swarczewski, 59, of Rotterdam -- was injured and trapped in his vehicle. Firefighters got him out within minutes and he was taken to the hospital for treatment, fire officials said.

A police investigation determined the crash happened as driver Kenshaun Gladden, 29, of Schenectady, headed east, drifted into the oncoming lane and struck a car driven by Swarczewski.

The investigation determined both Gladden and Swarczewski were intoxicated, police said. Gladden's blood alcohol content tested at 0.11, above the legal limit of 0.08 percent, a police spokesman said. Swarczewski refused tests, the spokesman said.

Both Gladden and Swarczewski were charged with misdemeanor driving while intoxicated and Gladden cited for failure to keep right.

Both were released to appear in court later, police said. The investigation continues and further charges are possible, police said.

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