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Police ID Catskill man killed in Athens crash

September 17, 2019 03:10 pm

ATHENS — A Greene County man was killed in a two-vehicle head-on crash in Athens on Monday afternoon.

Eric P. Wallace, 29, of Catskill, was pronounced dead at the scene at 3:03 p.m., Greene County Corner Richard Vigilo said. First responders were called to the scene at the intersection of Route 9W and Schoharie Turnpike at about 3 p.m.

Wallace, who was operating a 2011 Subaru Impreza and traveling south on Route 9W, moved into the northbound lane to pass a Greene County Transit bus that was stopped at the intersection waiting to turn left, according to state police.

“Upon entering the opposite lane of travel, the Subaru was struck head on in the intersection of State Route 9W and Schoharie Turnpike by a 2004 GMC pick-up truck,” according to a statement issued by state police.

The driver of the pick-up truck was able to get out of the vehicle uninjured, state police said.

A section of Route 9W was closed at the time of the crash, according to state police.

Wallace’s body was taken to Ellis Hospital in Schenectady where an autopsy was scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Vigilo said.

The preliminary cause of death was massive trauma, Vigilo said.

State police were assisted by Greene County Emergency Medical Services.

An investigation into the crash is continuing.