YORKSHIRE, NY – A two-vehicle collision on Route 16 early Saturday morning claimed the life of Specialist Brenden A. DeCarlo, 21, of Olean, a member of the Army National Guard, HHC BSTB, based in Buffalo.
According to a statement released by New York State Police, DeCarlo, was traveling northbound and failed to navigate a curve in the road. His vehicle crossed into the opposite lane and crashed head-on into a Trans-Am ambulance.
The accident happened at about 6:10 a.m
DeCarlo suffered a traumatic blunt force injury, troopers say. Rescuers tried saving his life all the way to Bertrand Chaffee Hospital in Springville, but he was declared dead in the emergency room there.
Everett E. Retzel, a Trans-Am employee, suffered a minor wrist injury in the accident. He was treated at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital and released.