Chester A Horicon woman died Monday, Dec. 5 after her sedan veered off Schroon River Road, slammed into a utility pole and landed upside down in the Schroon River, police said.
The crash was called into 911 soon after 7 a.m. by a passing motorist who noticed the sheared utility pole and wires down.
Responding to the scene were state Trooper Tanner Close of the Chestertown station and Chestertown firefighter William Rohm. They waded through the 3-to-4 feet deep water, struggled to get the car door open and pulled Nadine A. Kilcullen, 49, of Hayesburg Road from the vehicle, State Police Spokeswoman Maureen Tuffey said.
The two pulled her up an embankment, and then members of the Chestertown Emergency Squad administered CPR, Tuffey said.
Soon after, Kilcullen was transported to Glens Falls Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
On her way to work, Kilcullen had been driving southbound on Schroon River Road when her 2008 Ford sedan went off the asphalt on a curve in the road.
An autopsy was to be performed to determine a cause of death, but she appeared not to have suffered major injuries, authorities said.
Kilcullen was not wearing a seat belt when the responders found her, but it was unclear if she had it fastened while she was driving, Tuffey said.
Authorities said that said icy asphalt may have prompted her vehicle to skid.
Warren County Public Works Superintendent Jeff Tennyson said there was thin “black ice” seen later in various spots in northern Warren County where fog and mist had frozen after contact with pavement.
There was no guiderail at the curve where Kilcullen’s car veered off the road.
Tuesday Tennyson said a county engineer had inspected the scene to see if installing a guiderail there was warranted. He said that guiderails are normally only installed where there is a sharp drop-off.
He said his department was awaiting an accident report from state Police before they make any decisions on changes to the roadway.
Tuffey asked that any witnesses to the incident call the state Police at 583-7000 or 494-3332.
“Although the woman could not be saved, a considerable, cooperative effort from many agencies was made to give her every chance for survival,” she said in a prepared statement.