This Kia, above, was traveling westbound on the Delmar Bypass when it was struck head-on by another Kia, whose driver had been traveling the wrong way on the westbound lane. Tom Heffernan Sr. / Spotlight News
BETHLEHEM — At 1:05 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 23, two vehicles crashed head-on on the Delmar Bypass west of Kenwood Avenue, and both drivers were seriously injured and hospitalized, according to Bethlehem police.
An 83-year-old Selkirk woman named Margaret Joslin had been driving her eastbound 2014 Kia on the westbound lane of the highway, and struck a westbound 2015 Kia, which was driven by an 18-year-old Delmar man named Ethan Kurlander. Both drivers were the only occupants in each vehicle.
Cmdr. Adam Hornick of the Bethlehem Police Department confirmed that their injuries are not life-threatening though.
Joslin had to be extricated from her vehicle afterwards, which took half an hour, according to the police’s news release. Then, Delmar-Bethlehem EMS and Albany County Paramedics transported the two drivers to Albany Medical Center Hospital.
The accident resulted in the overall bypass being closed for over an hour — resulting in major traffic on southbound Route 9W — as Bethlehem police, the Slingerlands Fire Department and Elsmere Fire Department investigated the crash site. So far, police noted that speed and alcohol do not seem to have led to this accident.
Joslin has since been issued traffic tickets for Reckless Driving, Disobeying a Traffic Control Device and Failing to Use Designated Lane. Any eyewitness or person with information is encouraged to contact the Bethlehem police ar 518-439-9973.