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multi-vehicle accident

No Skid Marks At Scene Of Richfield Crash

IMPAIRMENT, INTENT RULED OUT

No Skid Marks Visible

At Richfield Crash Site

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

The force of impact of the fire marshal’s truck is evident in the third car it struck before running into the steps of the Richfield Springs Post Office. The white car then struck the blue car in front of it. (AllOTSEGO.com photo)

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.”

STATE MARSHAL’S TRUCK CAREENS INTO 4 VEHICLES

Updated At 8:07 p.m.

STATE MARSHAL’S

TRUCK CAREENS

INTO 4 VEHICLES

Richfield Springs’ Main Street Closed;

 8 Victims In Hospitals, One Airlifted

The state fire marshal’s truck that caused all the damage rests against the front steps of the Richfield Springs post office this evening.  The last car it smashed into before coming to a rest is at left.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By JIM KEVLIN & LIBBY CUDMORE  • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Sheriff Devlin was at the scene this evening, directing the investigation. The Lake and Main intersection is behind him.

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.

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