Snow and ice lead on Monday lead to Route 28 wrecks


Staff report
Slippery road conditions resulted in a number of accidents in the area on Monday, including one on Palmer Hill late in the afternoon where a Jeep and a tanker truck collided. Both drivers walked away uninjured. The Jeep suffered heavy damage.

Earlier in the day, at approximately 8:30 a.m., a Ford sedan operated by Thomas M. Farkas, 32, of Margaretville was northbound on Route 28, west of Dunraven, when the operator came around a bend, lost control of the vehicle and came to rest in the ditch, partially blocking the south-bound lane.

Farkas was not injured and no tickets were issued. Erickson’s Towing of Arkville towed the vehicle. Margaretville firemen responded to the scene.

Later in the day, at approximately 4 p.m., a Jeep Liberty operated by Nicholas R. Ferrante, 23, of Oceanside, a SUNY Delhi student living in Dunraven, was on his way home from classes in Delhi when he crested Palmer Hill and lost control of his vehicle on a slight bend. The Jeep slid into the northbound land where it struck a four-axle tanker truck operated by Glenn A. Schmidt, 30, of Franklin.

The Jeep sustained heavy damage to its front driver side corner and door panels. The truck suffered damage to the front driver side wheel, driver side entry step and the driver side rear axles. The tanker was empty at the time of the accident and no spills were reported. Neither driver was injured.

Andes firemen responded to the scene along with Andes EMS personnel. Route 28 between Andes and Dunraven was closed while the accident scene was cleared.

The Ferrante vehicle was towed from the scene by Erickson’s Towing. The truck was driven away.
Ferrante was cited by state police for failure to keep right.

Slippery road conditions also closed two area schools early Monday. Margaretville had previously scheduled a half-day of school for teacher collaboration day, but road conditions forced Andes and Roxbury to throw in the towel around noon and get their kids home safely. All evening activities on Monday were canceled.