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Pedestrian Hospitalized After Hit by Car on Route 9 in Poughkeepsie

Pedestrian Hospitalized After Hit by Car on Route 9 in Poughkeepsie

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – An auto accident on Route 9 Tuesday evening has left a 58-year-old pedestrian hospitalized after he failed failed to yield to a vehicle while walking outside of the crosswalk.

The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Traffic Enforcement Unit was called to the scene of the accident – South Road (State Route 9) in front of the Poughkeepsie Plaza – at around 7:51 p.m. Police said a 2004 Dodge Neon operated by a 19-year-old male from Poughkeepsie, was traveling northbound on Route 9 when the pedestrian attempted to cross the roadway and was struck.

The pedestrian was transported to Saint Francis Hospital with serious non-life threatening injuries. The operator of the vehicle was not injured. The northbound lanes of South Road were closed for approximately three hours while the accident was investigated.

Police said that the pedestrian, whose name was not released, was issued a traffic ticket for failing to yield to a motor vehicle outside of a crosswalk.The driver of the vehicle was issued traffic tickets for operating a vehicle while only possessing a permit.

Town of Poughkeepsie Police were assisted at the scene by first responders from the Arlington Fire District.

Town of Poughkeepsie woman, 85, hospitalized after being pinned between cars

POUGHKEEPSIE An 85-year-old town of Poughkeepsie woman suffered serious leg injuries Wednesday morning after she was pinned between her vehicle and a sedan after it was struck by a van, according to town police.

At about 10:28 a.m. on U.S. Route 9 near the Galleria Mall, a 2003 Windstar van driven by an 83-year-old Staatsburg woman and traveling northbound struck the car, a 2014 Subaru Legacy. The Legacy’s driver had stopped in the left lane to assist the 85-year-old and her disabled 2003 Ford Taurus, police said.

Police did not release the names of any of the drivers.

The 85-year-old was pinned between her car and the Subaru. She was taken to St. Francis Hospital with serious injuries to both of her legs, police said.

The road was closed for some time while measurements and photographs were taken at the scene of the accident, police said.

The investigation is continuing and police ask anyone with information about the accident to call town police at (845) 485-3666.

Accident on Rt. 9 Leaves 85-Year-Old Poughkeepsie Woman with Serious Injuries

Accident on Rt. 9 Leaves 85-Year-Old Poughkeepsie Woman with Serious Injuries

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – A three-car accident on Route 9 Wednesday morning left an 85-year-old Poughkeepsie woman with serious leg injuries after she was pinned between two vehicles, police said.

Town of Poughkeepsie were called to the scene of the accident on Route 9 in the area of the Galleria Mall at around 10:28 a.m. Investigators from the Town of Poughkeepsie Traffic Enforcement Unit said that a 2003 Ford Windstar van driven by an 83-year-old Staatsburg woman was traveling northbound when it struck a 2014 Subaru Legacy sedan, which had stopped for a disabled 2003 Ford Taurus in the left lane.

Police said that the accident resulted in the 85-year-old Poughkeepsie woman getting pinned between her disabled Ford and the Subaru. The woman was transported to St. Francis Hospital by Mobile Life Ambulance for serious injuries to both of her legs.

Police did not release the names of any of those involved in the accident.

The road was closed for some time while preliminary measurements and photographs were taken of the scene. The Town of Poughkeepsie police were assisted by the New Hamburg Fire Department.

The accident remains under investigation and anyone with information is asked to call the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department at 845-485-3666.

Pine Plains teen indicted in car crash that killed two schoolmates

POUGHKEEPSIE A Pine Plains teenager has been indicted for the August car accident in which two of his three passengers were killed.

A Dutchess County grand jury has handed up charges of aggravated vehicular homicide, vehicular manslaughter and second-degree manslaughter against Dustin Hale, 17. At the time of his arrest, on Oct. 30, he was charged only with vehicular homicide.

Hale was arraigned Thursday in Dutchess County Court and pleaded “not guilty” to all the charges.

Hale was driving a 2000 Subaru Impreza about 3:45 p.m. Aug. 29 on Schultz Hill Road in Pine Plains when the vehicle went off the road, struck several trees and rolled over, killing passengers Zachary Pruner, 16, and Gian Paolo Stagnaro, 17. Hale was injured as was a third passenger, Niall Johnson, 16, of Pine Plains, according to the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office. Pruner was thrown from the vehicle.

The Sheriff’s Office said the crash was caused by “unsafe speed and reckless driving” and that Hale apparently was under the influence of marijuana.

The four teens were members of the Stissing Mountain High School football team and were on their way to practice when the crash occurred.

In November 2009, while a student at Stissing Mountain Middle School in Pine Plains, Pruner helped get the attention of overhead police helicopter as an armed man held the school’s principal hostage. Pruner, then 12 years old, told a reporter he held up a sign that read “One guy with a gun and four people inside, including me.”

No one was injured during the standoff, and the gunman was arrested.

In August 2012, Pruner helped pull an assistant scoutmaster from the Delaware River in Pennsylvania. The scoutmaster had been bitter seven times by a rabid beaver while tubing with a group of Boy Scouts.

Stagnaro loved to act and appeared in school plays. He had a knack for making funny voices, was a history buff, an avid reader and played soccer, according to his family.

Editorial: Reason for train wreck must be untangled

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A sleepy Sunday during a holiday weekend turned deadly and disastrous on a Metro-North Railroad train, and the public is going to need answers.

Four people were killed in the crash and dozens of others were injured. The images of the wreck were scary and grim. Most of the cars on the seven-car diesel train derailed on a curved section of the track north of Manhattan.

The train that left the Poughkeepsie Train Station just before 6 a.m. was heading toward Grand Central Terminal when it came off the tracks in Spuyten Duyvil in the Bronx.

Investigators said the train was traveling 82 mph as it approached the 30 mph zone near the curve, possibly an indication of brake failure, but the investigation is just getting under way. The Dutchess County-based train operator was among the injured.

This is the second passenger train derailment in six months for Metro-North.

The Associated Press has reported that while the number of Metro-North train accidents has been falling for the past decade, injuries from those accidents are up dramatically. And accidents have been on the rise this year.

Consistent and reliable maintenance of equipment is imperative for Metro-North’s operations, and it’s something that most certainly must get the attention of investigators and the railroad company. That’s particularly true because Metro-North itself has said it has been behind on its maintenance cycle.

The National Transportation Safety Board is at the scene trying to determine the cause of the accident. The board has a lot to consider, including whether proper safety controls were in place on the diesel train and whether this type of train, which allows it be pulled from the front or pushed from the rear, may have been a contributing factor.

Metro-North is working to restore the Hudson Line, and commuters and other riders are going to have to anticipate longer trips and expect delays and crowded conditions.

Shuttle buses are being employed to help with the situation.

Riders will have to make due, but others, especially those who lost loved ones in this deadly accident, deserve nothing less than a full reporting of what happened and what steps can be taken to prevent this type of deadly tragedy in the future.

NYC-bound Metro-North train from Poughkeepsie derails: 4 dead, more than 60 …

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In this Sunday photo provided by the National Transportation Safety Board, NTSB investigator George Haralampopoulous hands a data recorder down to Mike Hiller from the derailed Metro-North train in the Bronx.


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YONKERS A commuter train that derailed over the weekend, killing four passengers, was hurtling at 82 mph as it entered a 30 mph curve, a federal investigator said Monday. But whether the wreck was the result of human error or mechanical trouble was unclear, he said.

Rail experts said the tragedy might have been prevented if Metro-North Railroad had installed automated crash-avoidance technology that safety authorities have been urging for decades.

The locomotive’s speed was extracted from the train’s two data recorders after the Sunday morning accident, which happened in the Bronx along a bend so sharp that the speed limit drops from 70 mph to 30 mph.

Asked why the train was going so fast, National Transportation Safety Board member Earl Weener said: “That’s the question we need to answer.”

Weener would not disclose what the engineer operating the train told investigators, and he said results of drug and alcohol tests weren’t yet available. Investigators are also examining the engineer’s cellphone, apparently to determine whether he was distracted.

“When I heard about the speed, I gulped,” said Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y.

Engineers may not use cellphones while on the train, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which runs Metro-North.

The engineer, William Rockefeller, was injured and “is totally traumatized by everything that has happened,” said Anthony Bottalico, executive director of the rail employees union.

He said Rockefeller, 46, was cooperating fully with investigators.

“He’s a sincere human being with an impeccable record that I know of. He’s diligent and competent,” Bottalico said. Rockefeller has been an engineer for about 11 years and a Metro-North employee for about 20, he said.

Outside Rockefeller’s modest house in Germantown, police told reporters that at the request of the family any of them who trespassed would be arrested. Calls to the home went unanswered.

Weener sketched a scenario that suggested that the train’s throttle was let up and the brakes were fully applied way too late to stave off disaster.

He said the throttle went to idle six seconds before the derailed train came to a complete stop — “very late in the game” for a train going that fast — and the brakes were fully engaged five seconds before the train stopped.

It takes about a quarter-mile to a half-mile to stop a train going 82 mph, Federal Railroad Administration spokesman Kevin Thompson said.

Asked whether the tragedy was the result of human error or faulty brakes, Weener said: “The answer is, at this point in time, we can’t tell.”

But he said investigators are unaware of any problems with the brakes during the nine stops the train made before the derailment.

The wreck came two years before the federal government’s deadline for Metro-North and other railroads to install automatic-slowdown technology designed to prevent catastrophes caused by human error.

Metro-North’s parent agency and other railroads have pressed the government to extend Congress’ 2015 deadline a few years because of the cost and complexity of the Positive Train Control system, which uses GPS, wireless radio and computers to monitor trains and stop them from colliding, derailing or going the wrong way.

Steve Ditmeyer, a former FRA official who teaches at Michigan State University, said the technology would have monitored the brakes and would not have allowed the train in Sunday’s tragedy to exceed the speed limit.

“A properly installed PTC system would have prevented this train from crashing,” he said. “If the engineer would not have taken control of slowing the train down, the PTC system would have.”

On Sunday, the train was about half full, with about 150 people aboard, when it ran off the rails around 7:20 a.m. while rounding a bend where the Harlem and Hudson rivers meet. The lead car landed inches from the water. More than 60 people were injured.

The injured included five police officers who were heading to work, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday the NTSB findings make it clear “extreme speed was a central cause” of the train derailment. He said his administration is working closely with the NTSB and when the investigation concludes he’ll make sure “any responsible parties are held accountable.”

The train was configured with its locomotive pushing from the back instead of pulling at the front. Weener said that’s common and a train’s brakes work the same way no matter where the locomotive is. Ditmeyer said the locomotive’s location has virtually no effect on train safety.

The dead were identified as Donna L. Smith, 54, of Newburgh; James G. Lovell, 58, of Cold Spring; James M. Ferrari, 59, of Montrose; and Kisook Ahn, 35, of Queens.

Lovell, an audio technician who had worked the “Today” show and other NBC programs, was traveling to Manhattan to work on the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, longtime friend Janet Barton said. The tree-lighting ceremony is Wednesday night.

“He always had a smile on his face and was quick to share a friendly greeting,” ‘’Today” executive producer Don Nash said in a message to staffers.

The NTSB has been urging railroads for decades to install Positive Train Control technology. In 2008, Congress required dozens of railroads, including Metro-North, to do so by 2015.

The MTA awarded $428 million in contracts in September to develop the system for Metro-North and its sister Long Island Rail Road.

But the MTA has asked for an extension to 2018, saying it faces technological and other hurdles in installing such a system across more than 1,000 rail cars and 1,200 miles of track.

“This incident, if anything, heightens the importance of additional safety measures like that one,” said U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, of Connecticut, which is served by Metro-North. “I’d be very loath to be more flexible or grant more time.”

MTA spokeswoman Margie Anders said the agency began planning for a PTC system as soon as the law was put into effect.

“It’s not a simple, off-the-shelf solution,” she said.

The derailment came amid a troubled year for Metro-North and marked the first time in the railroad’s 31-year history that a passenger was killed in an accident.

In May, a train derailed in Bridgeport, Conn., and was struck by a train coming in the opposite direction, injuring 73 passengers, two engineers and a conductor. In July, a freight train full of garbage derailed near the site of Sunday’s wreck.

Eltman reported from Mineola. Associated Press writers Kiley Armstrong, Verena Dobnik, Deepti Hajela, Ula Ilnytzky, Colleen Long, Jake Pearson and Jennifer Peltz contributed to this report.

Seventy-Year-Old Woman Hospitalized After Hitting School Bus in Wappinger

Seventy-Year-Old Woman Hospitalized After Hitting School Bus in Wappinger

By Greg Maker

WAPPINGER, N.Y. – State police said that a 70-year-old woman was taken to St. Francis Hospital in Poughkeepsie after she crashed her car into a school bus in the Town of Wappinger during a four-car accident Wednesday afternoon.

State Police Troop K public information officer Melissa McMorris said that the woman, who was not identified, was trapped underneath the school bus, which was empty at the time of the accident. She was removed by rescue workers. McMorris said that the woman’s injuries were not life-threatening.

McMorris said that troopers responded to the accident  at around 1:30 p.m. near Myers Corners Road and Ervin Drive. She said the 70-year old woman was driving a 2013 Buick westbound when she crossed into the eastbound lane and sideswiped a 2007 Honda Accord.

McMorris said that the woman continued on the shoulder of the road where he hit a 2012 Ford Explorer that was also traveling westbound on Myers Corners Road. McMorris said that the woman then hit the back of a school bus that was waiting to turn into Roy C. Ketcham High School. At that point, the woman was trapped under the bus in her car.

No additional injuries were reported.

State police originally reported the driver of the vehicle as a male, but later corrected the report.

Five Platttekill firefighters injured in crash of fire engine – Times Herald

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TOWN OF NEWBURGH — A Plattekill fire engine overturned on Prospect Hill Road Saturday night, injuring all five firefighters on board, according to the Town of Newburgh police.

The fire truck was eastbound on Prospect Hill Road en route to a traffic accident on the New York State Thruway at about 9 p.m. when it swerved to avoid a car going west that crossed the double yellow line on the rain-slicked road, police said.

The truck went out of control, struck a guardrail, flipped on its side, rolled and came to rest on its roof, police said.

Platttekill Fire Chief Chris Mancuso said Sunday an assistant chief heading to the Thruway crash in a another vehicle came upon the wrecked engine and immediately called 911.

Three of the firefighters were taken to St. Francis Hospital in Poughkeepsie, and two were taken to the Newburgh campus of St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital. Four of the firefighters are men and one a woman.

Mancuso said as of Sunday morning, all but one firefighters had been released and two have been cleared to return to duty. They suffered a litany of minor injuries including soreness, bumps, bruises and stitches, Mancuso said.

The remaining firefighter was released Sunday evening from St. Francis with two broken vertebrae in her back, Mancuso said. She’ll remain in a back brace for several weeks, he said.

What prevented worse injuries, Mancuso said, was that everyone was wearing seat belts.

“In my professional opinion, they would have been killed if they weren’t wearing their seat belts,” Mancuso said.

When the firefighters arrived via ambulance to St. Francis, Mancuso said there were three Poughkeepsie-based fire departments waiting for them to show support. Those were the Fairview, Roosevelt and Arlington fire departments.

“It shows the camaraderie of the fire service,” Mancuso said.

Police have not released the names of the injured and Mancuso said he was withholding their names as well. Prospect Hill Road was closed for about four-and-a-half hours while the investigation was conducted.

Police said they had no further information or description of the westbound vehicle that crossed the line, and are asking anyone with information to contact the Town of Newburgh Police Department at 564-1100.

The apparatus, Engine 47-40, was uprighted and removed by Quality Towing. Mancuso said the vehicle is totaled.

“I can replace an engine. That’s what insurance is for,” Mancuso said. “I can’t replace a firefighter.”

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Five Firefighters Injured In Engine Rollover Accident

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Five firefighters were injured when a fire engine overturned in Plattekill, N.Y., while responding to a car crash, fire officials said. One firefighter suffered two broken vertebrae and was hospitalized at St. Francis Hospital in Poughkeepsie, the Times Herald-Record of Middleton reported Sunday.

The other four firefighters were treated and released from the hospital, and two have been cleared to return to duty.

“In my professional opinion, they would have been killed if they weren’t wearing their seat belts,” said Plattekill Fire Chief Chris Mancuso.

The accident took place Saturday night when the fire truck swerved to avoid hitting a vehicle traveling in the opposite direction that had veered into the wrong lane, the newspaper said.

The fire engine struck a guardrail, flipped onto its side, rolled over and came to rest on its roof.

The fire engine was en route to a traffic collision on the New York State Thruway at the time of the accident, the newspaper said.

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