Vigil set for tonight in Schoharie

October 10, 2018 12:32 PM

SCHOHARIE – At the intersection of Routes 30 & 30A, an NTSB official was taking further pictures and measurements around 8 a.m. It’s right outside the Apple Barrel that was to have hosted a vigil Tuesday night but, because of its magnitude, has been moved to the Schoharie Central School tonight (Wednesday) at 6:30 p.m.

"They're regular, everyday people,” said Assemblyman Chris Tague (R-Schoharie) of the first responders. “They have jobs, they have children, they have families. They dedicate all their spare time and sometimes time away from work to make sure they're there when the whistle blows."

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Fire Chief Marty Pierce of the Schoharie Fire Dept. says social media plays a big part in this nowadays. Firefighters are able to learn backstories and it’s not just another call, Pierce tells us.

"I can't stress it enough,” said Pierce. “They see the individuals with their children and having normal lives and having fun and now they're putting two and two together and it's a different time."

Since the crash, it’s gone from just another car accident at a troubled intersection to the worst transportation crash in the U.S. in nearly a decade.

"It's a very traumatic time for everyone here in the Schoharie Valley and our initial thoughts are with them and what we can do to support them and get through this,” said NYS Senator James Seward (R-Oneonta).

Tonight’s takeaway?

"Feeling that between Amsterdam and Schoharie, there are hundreds if not thousands of people that stand behind them, that are praying for them, have sympathy for them, that love them,” Tague said.


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