AUSTERLITZ — A Clifton Park man died Sunday in a traffic accident a local fire chief called the worst accident he has ever seen.

Kevin Jones, 30, was the driver in a one-car accident on Route 22. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Columbia County Coroner Michael Blasl.

An autopsy was scheduled to be performed Monday at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady, Blasl said. No further details on the results of the autopsy were available at press time Monday.

At about 12:45 a.m., the vehicle Jones was driving was traveling on Route 22, north of county Route 5, at a high rate of speed, and was unable to stay in the lane, said Aaron Hicks, public information officer for state police Troop K.

The car struck a utility pole and several trees before coming to a rest, Hicks said.

It was one of the worst accidents Austerlitz Fire Chief Eric Pilkington has ever seen, Pilkington said.

Austerlitz firefighters and Chatham Rescue Squad were at the accident scene for nearly three hours Sunday morning, providing traffic control and assisting state police, Pilkington said.

A LifeNet helicopter was placed on standby, but was not needed.

In a separate accident in Austerlitz on Sunday evening, an unidentified Massachusetts woman was taken by Chatham Rescue Squad to Westchester Medical Center with severe burns to her arm, after her car caught fire in the same area near Route 22, Pilkington said.

At about 8:09 p.m., the woman drove off Route 22, and onto East Hill Road for unknown reasons, Pilkington said. She attempted to turn her Cadillac around and got stuck in mud.

In an attempt to get back on the road, the woman kept spinning her tires, which caused the car to overheat and catch fire, Pilkington said.

Austerlitz firefighters reported her car was fully involved when they arrived on the scene. The woman was taken to the burn unit at Westchester Medical Center, Hicks said.

The vehicle was destroyed in the fire, Pilkington said. Firefighters were on the scene of the car fire for more than an hour.

Both incidents are under investigation by State Police at Livingston.

Johnson Newspapers 7.1

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