IMPAIRMENT, INTENT RULED OUT
By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
RICHFIELD SPRINGS – There were no skid marks visible on the half-mile stretch of Main Street here after a state fire vehicle plowed into four cars late yesterday afternoon.
“The road was icy, but we don’t believe that was a contributing factor,” said Sheriff Richard J. Devlin Jr.
According to Devlin, the driver of the vehicle consented to be tested at the scene, and showed no signs of impairment. “He is being fully cooperative and has agreed to talk to us,” he said. “At this point, we don’t believe this was intentional.”
The driver received treatment at the scene, but was not transported to the hospital. Devlin said he later went to the hospital on his own accord.
In all, nine people were injured, including a pedestrian who was struck by a parked car that had been hit near the post office. Though the road was closed overnight as part of the investigation, it was re-opened at 9:45 a.m.
The state fire vehicle has been secured and will be inspected as part of the investigation. “We’re going to look at the maintenance logs and driver history,” he said. “But we don’t expect to know the cause of the accident for several weeks.”
“We’re not ruling anything out,” he added.