Rt. 209 crash sends 2 driv­ers to hospi­tal

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - OBITUARIES - Free­man staff

TOWN OF UL­STER, N.Y. >> Two peo­ple were taken to a hospi­tal after a four-ve­hi­cle, chain­re­ac­tion crash on U.S. Route 209, town po­lice said Thurs­day.

Po­lice said of­fi­cers re­sponded to the crash at 4:52 p.m. Wed­nes­day, Dec. 5, on Route 209 near U.S. Route 9W. When they ar­rived, of­fi­cers found four ve­hi­cles in­volved and mul­ti­ple oc­cu­pants in­jured, po­lice said.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion showed all four ve­hi­cles were south­bound on Route 209 and that as traf­fic be­gan to slow, Michael Obrien of Catskill did not see the ve­hi­cles in front of his com­ing to a stop. Obrien’s ve­hi­cle struck the one in front of him, which was be­ing driven by Toni Wynkoop of Port Ewen, po­lice said.

Po­lice said the im­pact forced Wynkoop’s ve­hi­cle into a ve­hi­cle driven by Michael Cur­tis of Shokan, and that Cur­tis’ ve­hi­cle then struck one driven by Er­win Liu of Kingston.

Po­lice said Wynkoop had to be freed from her ve­hi­cle by mem­bers of the Ul­ster Hose Fire Depart­ment. Both she and Cur­tis were taken by Mo­bile Life to HealthAl­liance Hospi­tal’s Broad­way Cam­pus in Kingston with in­juries that were not lifethreat­en­ing, po­lice said. Po­lice said Obrien re­fused med­i­cal at­ten­tion for mi­nor in­juries and Liu was not in­jured.

Obrien was tick­eted for the mis­de­meanor of ag­gra­vated un­li­censed driv­ing and the in­frac­tion of fol­low­ing too closely, po­lice said. He was re­leased with tick­ets to ap­pear in Ul­ster Town Court.

Route 209 be­tween En­ter­prise Drive and Route 9W was closed for about an hour fol­low­ing the crash, po­lice said.

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