Horrific Accident Kills 3 Pedestrians in Voorheesville
August 10th, 2011|
August 10, 2011
Three people died on Wednesday, August 10, when a minivan plowed into a group of adult pedestrians standing on a sidewalk in Voorheesville, New York, an Albany suburb.
The accident occurred around 9 a.m. when, according to WTEN, a 57-year-old female driver lost control of her van on Route 85A when her foot or her flip-flop got caught on the gas pedal. This caused her to accelerate into an elderly walking group that was standing in front of St. Matthew’s Roman Catholic Church on Mountainview Street.
After hitting the women, the driver crashed into a corner wall of the brick church, reports The Wall Street Journal.
The names of the three female pedestrians who died have not been released, though two are from Saratoga County and one is from Albany County.
Acting Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple calls this “one of the most horrific accident scenes” he has ever seen.
The car’s driver is being treated at Albany Medical Center for non-life-threatening injuries. She reportedly dropped her child off at daycare just prior the accident.
The victims had been waiting for a companion to meet them before beginning a 5-kilometer walking tour of the village.