Multi-vehicle accident injures one

A Brown's Transportation bus, which wasn't being used as a school bus, was involved in an accident with two other vehicles just before 8 a.m. today on Route 67, east of Heagle Road in the town of Johnstown. The Fulton County Sheriff's Department reported one injury from one of the cars. (The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich)

JOHNSTOWN — A woman in a car was injured in a three-vehicle, chain-reaction crash this morning involving a Brown’s Transportation bus on Route 67 in the town.

Authorities at the scene from the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department and the Berkshire Volunteer Fire Department said the bus was not a school bus and there was one inside other than the driver.

“The bus was empty,” a Berkshire official said.

The accident scene indicated that the vehicles invloved in the accident on Route 67 just before 8 a.m. — east of Heagle Road — was headed east. The bus apparently ran into a SUV, causing that car to run into the rear end of another vehicle.

Deputies said one woman person in one of the cars was being treated in an Ambulance Service of Fulton County vehicle.

The bus and cars were wedged along the shoulder of the wooded area, and sheriff’s investigators were at the scene.

One of the persons involved at the accident scene was Fulton County Public Health Director Irina Gelman. She told authorities she was headed to Fulton-Montgomery Community College. She said she was uninjured, but has had “better days.”

Deputies said another two-car fender-bender occurred down Heagle Road from the scene, which resulted from passerbys stopping because of the bus accident. The sheriff’s department was also investigating that accident. Berkshire fire fighters were cleaning up debris on Route 67 and eastbound traffic was being diverted from the entire scene up Heagle Road.

The accident was the second involving a bus within in a week in Fulton County.

The driver of a car that collided with a Wheelerville Union Free School District bus at about 3:15 p.m. Friday and was taken to St. Mary’s Healthcare in Amsterdam for a possible left wrist fracture and some bruises, according to the county sheriff’s department. Eleven students were reported safe.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at manich@leaderherald.com.

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