Greenville man dies in Westerlo crash

— Photo from the Albany County Sheriff’s Office

Fatal crash: A 26-year-old Greenville man was killed after crashing his car in Westerlo early Wednesday morning. The Sheriff’s Chief Deputy says speed was a factor.

WESTERLO — A 26-year-old Greenville man, Nicholas K. Spain, died Wednesday morning after crashing his car on Route 401 in Westerlo.

Albany County Sheriff’s Deputies found Spain’s 2009 Honda Civic off Route 401 crashed into several trees just north of Route 414; deputies had responded to the crash around 1:17 Wednesday morning, arriving around 1:32 a.m., said the Sheriff’s Chief Deputy William Rice.

The Westerlo Volunteer Fire Company arrived around 1:26 a.m., said Rice, and removed Spain from the crumpled car, after which he was pronounced dead on the scene and brought to Albany Medical Center for an autopsy, according to a release from the sheriff’s office. Sheriff’s deputies and investigators remained on scene until 4:37 in the morning, following the vehicle being towed.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation by the sheriff’s office.


— Photo from the Albany County Sheriff’s Office
Crumpled remains: A 2009 Honda Civic was demolished after a 26-year-old Greenville man crashed in Westerlo. 


“We can definitely contribute speed as a factor,” said Rice. “Due to the fact of the crash scene, it was definitely above 55.”

Rice said the speed limit on that section Route 401 is 55 miles per hour. The limit on portions of the route radiating out from the town’s hamlet are 40 miles per hour.

The sheriff’s office is currently waiting for results of the autopsy and toxicology reports, Rice said, which will determine other factors of the crash such as an influence of drugs or alcohol.


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