5-vehicle crash sends 4 people to hospital
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.