CAIRO — An Albany County woman was killed Thursday night in a one-car accident in Cairo, Public Information Officer Steven Nevel with State Police Troop F, said Friday.

Nichole Hazen, 37, of Westerlo, was pronounced dead at the scene by Greene County Coroner Paul Seney, Nevel said.

An autopsy was expected to be conducted Friday. Seney declined to identify the hospital where the autopsy would take place.

At about 7 p.m., Hazen was driving a 2021 Kia west on Route 23 when the vehicle went off the right side of the road, traveled through a field, and crashed into a stone wall that supported a sign for the New York State Department of Transportation garage, before coming to rest.

The reason for the crash is unknown at this time, Nevel said.

Temperatures at the time of the crash were below freezing, however Route 23 did not appear to be icy or slippery.

The crash happened just west of Bross Street.

A LifeNet helicopter was placed on standby by Greene County 911, but was not needed.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation, Nevel said.

State police investigators worked well into the evening, before the car was removed from the scene.

Cairo Fire Department and Cairo Ambulance were sent to the scene by Greene County 911, after a passing motorist witnessed the crash, but was not able to stop.

Assisting at the accident scene were Greene County Paramedics, state police, the Greene County Sheriff’s Office and Town of Cairo Police.

Route 23 westbound was down to one lane of traffic through the accident scene for several hours. Eastbound traffic was not affected, although there were several vehicles parked on the shoulder of the road.

All firefighters were back in service about 9 p.m.

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