Police investigating fatal car crash in Glenmont

Police are investigating a fatal motor vehicle accident that occurred just after 10 p.m. Monday in Glenmont.

Bethlehem police say Walter J. Lobdell, 85, of Breckenridge Drive, Selkirk, was traveling in a southeasterly direction on Wemple Road when his vehicle accelerated at a high rate of speed crossing State Route 9W becoming airborne.

The vehicle left the roadway, struck a utility pole and flipped over, coming to rest on its roof after hitting an embankment, according to police. Lobdel was extricated from the vehicle by emergency responders and transported to Albany Medical Center Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Wemple Road was closed until 12:35 a.m. Tuesday morning while traffic safety investigators reconstructed the accident. An investigation is continuing pending toxicology and autopsy findings.


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