5-ve­hi­cle crash sends 4 peo­ple to hospi­tal

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - Freeman staff

The chain-re­ac­tion ac­ci­dent hap­pened Wed­nes­day morn­ing on U.S. Route 9W in the town of Saugerties.

An inat­ten­tive speed­ing driver is be­ing blamed for a five-ve­hi­cle crash Wed­nes­day morn­ing on U.S. Route 9W in this Saugerties ham­let that in­jured four driv­ers, po­lice said.

Just af­ter 8:30 a.m., Laura Burgher, 22, of Kingston was north­bound on Route 9W in a 2008 Chevro­let Cobalt when she failed to no­tice traf­fic had been stopped by a flag per­son work­ing with the As­plundh Tree Co. just south of Glasco Turn­pike, ac­cord­ing to Saugerties po­lice.

Burgher’s car rear-ended a 2002 GMC En­voy driven by Keith Hines, 46, of Kingston. The force of the col­li­sion pushed Hines’ ve­hi­cle into the rear of a 2005 Honda Civic driven by Jes­sica Ste­wart, 32, of Lake Ka­trine, and forced Ste­wart’s car into the back end of a 2016 Honda Ac­cord driven by Steven Scotti, 47, of Hur­ley, ac­cord­ing to a po­lice press re­lease.

Ste­fan Rauschen­dor­fer, 23, of Saugerties, who was north­bound and di­rectly be­hind Burgher’s car in a 2012 Scion, saw the crash and, at­tempt­ing to avoid strik­ing Burgher’s car, swerved to the right, crossed the shoul­der, went into an em­bank­ment and be­came air­borne, po­lice said. They said Rauschen­dor­fer’s car flipped over and came to rest right side up af­ter strik­ing Scotti’s car.

Rauschen­dor­fer was not in­jured.

The other four driv­ers suf­fered “vary­ing de­grees” of in­juries that were not life-threat­en­ing, po­lice said. The four were taken to the HealthAl­liance Hospi­tal’s Broad­way Cam­pus in Kingston.

There were no pas­sen­gers in any of the ve­hi­cles, po­lice said.

Burgher was tick­eted for speed­ing and cited as the “pri­mary fac­tor” in the crash, po­lice said.

Route 9W at the scene was closed for about an hour af­ter the crash.

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