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Hilltown Archives — The Altamont Enterprise, December 15, 2011

6-year-old rescues mother after car crash

WESTERLO — After his mother drove off the road and flipped her car, 6-year-old Aaron Wright crawled out of the vehicle to safety, and brought help to the scene.

“I guess Mom was just kind of banged up, and probably in shock as well,” Acting Sheriff Craig Apple of the Albany County Sheriff’s Office said this week. “The little guy, he had no injuries; he was transported for precautionary reasons only.”

On Saturday, Dec. 10, at about noon, Dolores N. Dober, 28, was driving her 1999 Chrysler Cirrus southbound on Joslyn School Road in Berne, according to a release from the sheriff’s office.

Dober “took her eyes off the road for a moment and began to cross over the center line,” says the release; she looked up to see a pickup truck coming toward her, and she swerved, causing her to drive off the east side of the road, down a steep embankment.

“The vehicle continued down a steep embankment into a wooded area and rolled onto the roof,” the release goes on. Dober was unable to get out of the vehicle, as she was suspended upside down, Apple said. Her son “crawled out of the vehicle through the rear.”

Once he reached the road, Aaron Wright brought emergency help to the scene of the accident. “Several witnesses stopped to help as well,” reads the release.

Berne and Westerlo’s fire departments responded and were able to release Dober from the vehicle.

Dober was transported by Helderberg Ambulance to Albany Medical Center with minor injuries, and Wright was transported by the Westerlo Rescue Squad to Albany Medical Center, also with minor injuries.

— Zach Simeone

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