Updated At 8:07 p.m.
Richfield Springs’ Main Street Closed;
8 Victims In Hospitals, One Airlifted
By JIM KEVLIN & LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
RICHFIELD SPRINGS – Nine people were injured and four other vehicles crushed when a state fire marshal’s truck careened through this village’s Main Street at about 4 p.m. today, coming to a stop when it smashed into the front steps of the Post Office.
The fire marshal’s truck was headed east on Main Street when it suddenly accelerated, smashing into one vehicle in the vicinity of Richfield Springs Central School, then a second vehicle at Lake and Main, next to the village’s landmark clock.
It continued, still at a high speed, crushing a white car in front of the post office, pushing it into a blue car behind it. It then veered to the right and ran into the building’s concrete front steps, coming to a stop, according to Sheriff Richard J. Devlin, Jr., who was at the scene leading the investigation, assisted by his Undersheriff Cameron Allison.
Bystanders were surmising the accelerator on the fire marshal’s vehicle may have gotten stuck, or perhaps the driver suffered a heart attack or stroke, but the sheriff said he would withhold comment until the investigation was complete.
However, he said, the driver was “alive and well.”
911 dispatched 8-10 ambulances to the scene; five of the injured were transported to Bassett Hospital, three were sent to Utica hospitals and one was flown to Albany Med on a LifeNet helicopter.
Downtown Richfield Springs has been cordoned off from Route 28 to Johnson Street Extension.