QUEENSBURY -- A Hudson Falls woman was killed in an early morning accident Friday that closed part of Corinth Road for several hours.
Trudy M. Chesney, 32, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash just west of Van Dusen Road.
Chesney was headed west and drove a Ford F-350 pickup truck off the road near the Clendon Brook Nature Preserve, veering off the right side in a left-hand curve.
The truck went through a guardrail, snapped a utility pole and hit a large pine tree in a ravine while airborne, Warren County Undersheriff Shawn Lamouree said. The accident was reported at 3:47 a.m.
She was thrown from the truck and landed in Clendon Brook and a tree that was toppled by her truck landed on top of her, police said.
Chesney was not wearing a seat belt and she was pronounced dead at the crash scene. Sheriff’s Lt. Steve Stockdale said an autopsy found that massive trauma claimed her life, but routine toxicology tests were still pending.
He said there was no indication of alcohol use. Excess speed appears to have been a factor, and there were skid marks that indicated Chesney tried to correct her path when she started to lose control.
The truck’s front and back ends and roof were crushed by the impact of when it hit the pole and trees, then landed upside down.
“That vehicle had the most damage I’d seen in a long time,” Stockdale said.
The pickup had been registered by Chesney’s mother on Thursday.
A light dusting of snow that fell overnight Thursday contributed to a number of accidents in the region early Friday. It was unclear whether it was a factor in the fatal crash. Sheriff’s officers said reports indicated Corinth Road was wet but not snow-covered at the time of the accident.
Sheriff’s investigators were trying to determine where Chesney was headed and what she had been doing in the hours before the crash. She has a boyfriend who lives in Glens Falls.
Anyone with information as to her whereabouts was asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 743-2500.
The crash closed the section of Corinth Road between Van Dusen and Revere roads for more than seven hours.