Locals react to Schoharie crash that left 20 dead

October 08, 2018 04:29 AM

SCHOHARIE -  After 20 people died in an accident at the intersection of Rt. 30 and Rt. 30A on Saturday, several people who were there moments after it happened say they're counting their blessings.

"I was scared because I had my kids, we went shopping and you know you never know when your time is next,” Michael Ciocia Jr. said.


Ciocia said he and his children were coming to the Apple Barrel Country Store to shop just minutes after the accident happened.

"You know I just missed it,” Ciocia said. “I saw the car that was in the ditch over there a lot of police activity and it was kind of scary you know. Especially here because you got a store where everybody goes shopping."

Eric Race lives two doors down from the store. He said he was on his way back home about 10 minutes after the crash.

"I could've been in it that's the thing, that's my problem is anybody driving through here could've gotten involved in it," Race said. "My friends or whoever anybody doesn't matter who it is."

Jessica Kirby and her family own the Apple Barrel Country Store. She was there when the crash happened. She said nobody should ever have to see such a horrific event unfold.

The store is collecting donations for the first responders that were involved.

"Out here most of the people that came yesterday were volunteers,” Kirby said. “To volunteer and have to deal with something like that is, that takes a special kind of person. We want to do everything we can to support them."

Kirby said there will be a vigil held at the store on Tuesday at 6 p.m.


Emily Burkhard

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