Trio rescued after SUV slides off hillside

January 22, 2018 12:45 PM

RENSSELAER – While the Honda Pilot sat on about a 45-degree angle high-atop the Hollow at the corner of Fowler Ave. and 6th Street, everyone on the scene of an icy crash said the same thing: they are so lucky.

"She just hit a sheet of ice,” said Deputy Police Chief Jim Frankoski. “She slid into the snow, took a tree out and thank God for the tree that's there now as you can see because that kept the car from rolling down the hill."

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The driver, a mom, and two teenage girls had to make a quick decision – stay in the car or bail out down the hill. They chose the latter and were rescued by Rensselaer Fire & Police. All suffered minor injuries.

"I'm not going to second guess what they did,” Frankoski said. “They felt that at that particular point that was the best option for them and that's what they did.

"It was icy. It was just one complete sheet of ice here so it took them a few minutes to get here, get the scene here set up and make it safe for themselves before they could go down and get the child."



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