WESTERLO — A Greene County man was killed early Wednesday morning following a one-vehicle accident on Route 401 in Westerlo.
Nicholas Spain, 26, of Greenville, was traveling south on Route 401 when his vehicle left the road, rolled over and hit two trees, Albany County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy William M. Rice said. Spain was alone in the car.
“It’s lucky he didn’t have anybody in the car with him because they would have been killed, too,” Rice said.
When sheriff’s deputies arrived at the scene they noticed Spain’s 2009 Honda Civic off the road into several trees with Spain trapped inside the vehicle, according to a press release from the Albany County Sheriff’s Office.
“He had to be extricated out of the vehicle,” Rice said.
Westerlo Fire Department personnel extricated Spain’s body from the vehicle, but Spain was pronounced dead at the scene, the sheriff’s office said.
Although it is unclear where Spain was going, sheriff’s deputies said they believe he might have been on his way home when the accident occurred.
The cause of the accident remains under investigation, but speed is a factor, Rice said.
“It was definitely speed, and we’re looking into alcohol involvement,” Rice said.
The Westerlo Fire Department and the sheriff’s office ambulance were on the scene, Rice said. Spain’s body was transported by the Albany County Coroner’s Office to Albany Medical Center, where an autopsy will be performed.