By JOHN PURCELL
Recorder News Staff
Several drivers slid on slick roadways Wednesday morning in the City of Amsterdam following a brief snowfall, with the hill on Vrooman Avenue a particularly troublesome area for motorists.
There were seven accidents reported across the city between 7:30 and 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, according to Amsterdam Police Sgt. Thomas DiCaprio, with most crashes occurring after vehicles slid down slopes.
“It came in quick and it wasn’t a lot of accumulation, but sometimes the small ones are just enough to keep it greasy,” DiCaprio said.
Around 7:30 a.m., a driver was traveling south on Vrooman Avenue toward East Main Street and struck another vehicle after they were allegedly unable to stop due to road conditions. There were no injuries reported, but both vehicles were towed from the scene.
Another driver also had difficulty stopping after traveling down Vrooman Avenue toward East Main Street and slid through the intersection, which led to the motorist hitting a street sign, according to police. There were no injuries, but the vehicle was towed.
There was also a minor fender bender on Vrooman Avenue and both drivers were able to leave the scene.
“When we get these quick, slippery hits, Vrooman Avenue is always a nightmare,” DiCaprio said. “People don’t know it when they start coming down it, because it’s kind of gradual in the beginning.”
DiCaprio said previously he’s seen up to six cars piled up at the bottom of Vrooman Avenue during winter weather.
Amsterdam police did close Vrooman Avenue briefly around 7:45 a.m., so the Department of Public Works could salt the roadway to try and prevent further accidents.
A minor crash was reported at 8:07 a.m. near the intersection of Evelyn and Harvard avenues. Then, about a minute later, there was a driver reported to have slid down Northampton Road near the intersection of Clinton Street and crashed into a “do not enter” sign.
A driver crashed into a telephone pole around 8:25 a.m. after traveling south on Locust Avenue and sliding on the roadway. The telephone pole did not appear to be significantly damaged, but the vehicle had to be towed from the scene.
The final crash reported Wednesday morning involved a vehicle traveling east on Catherine Street and hitting a fire hydrant. City crews were inspecting the hydrant for damage. The vehicle did not need to be towed.