CHATHAM — A driver from Rensselaer County was taken to Albany Medical Center on Sunday night after his car crashed into a building in Chatham, Deputy Chief Joe Alessi of the Chatham Police Department said.

Police did not identify the man, whose age was given as 86. He is from East Greenbush.

The man suffered a medical issue while driving, which caused the crash, Alessi said.

The car was traveling northeast on Main Street when the man suffered the medical condition.

The car then went over the center median in the traffic circle, struck a parked car and some street signs and then hit the building at 11 Central Square. The building is owned by MetzWood Insurance.

Damage to the building was primarily confined to the handicap ramp, Alessi said.

At about 7:20 p.m., Columbia County 911 sent Chatham Fire Department and Chatham Rescue Squad to the scene after receiving many reports about the crash.

Paramedics treated the man before bringing him to Albany.

A Life Net helicopter was placed on standby but was not needed.

There were no other injuries in the crash, Alessi said.

Chatham fire police controlled traffic through the area.

Both vehicles were towed from the scene.

Chatham Police investigated.

All firefighters were back in service at 8:06 p.m.

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