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Police searching for driver after fiery crash in Speigletown

August 29, 2019 12:50 PM

SPEIGLETOWN – Just after 3 a.m. on Thursday, when most of Rensselaer County is sleeping, a crash at the three-way intersection of Speigletown Road (Route 40) and Fogarty Road (Route 126) finished with a fireball.

"The car was on fire," said MichaelAngelo Forbes, a local musician and DJ. "I ran over, I reached my hand in the car, I saw the kid in the car, reached my hand in and I just pulled him out as quick as I could and like, 'If you don't get out of there you're going to die.'"
Forbes got to his apartment house at 2:50 a.m. after work and was getting ready for bed when he heard the car hit a cement block on his front lawn. He ran outside.

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"He had no clue what was going on I threw him over my shoulder and I set him down on the grass and I called 911, I turned around and he's gone. And it was really crazy. I'm just really glad that everyone's OK."

The cement block is actually two steps that were used when stagecoaches pulled up in front of the house decades ago. It sits next to a stone that looks like a gravestone and has the words "Turnpike Lansingburgh 3 Miles" etched in it.

"It was so scary," Forbes said. "I didn't know if the kid was okay. I checked to make sure he didn't have any crazy injuries on him. It seemed to me like he was burned a little bit. He had some marks on his face, he had some glass on his face. It was a scary sight, but he was alive and he was okay and nobody got hurt too bad and everyone's alive and that's what matters."

The apartment building has six apartments in it with about a dozen people living there. Another resident went door-to-door to wake people up and get them out as a precaution. The overgrown bushes and vines caught fire but protected the house long enough until the volunteer firefighters could respond.

"I don't think he even knew that he had been in an accident…I reached down and I pulled him right out like you need to get out of this car right now or you're going to die. You are going to die, the car is going to blow up."

Police are still searching for the driver who fled the scene. The extent of any injuries is unknown.

The crash remains under investigation.

NewsChannel 13 will continue to provide updates on-air and online.

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