Shortly before noon today, a CSX train traveling south struck a taxi cab on Doyles Ln., just east of Kings Highway in the Saugerties hamlet of Mount Marion.
As a result of the impact, Bertha Whispell, 50, of Saugerties, a rear seat passage in the taxi, was ejected. She was pronounced dead at the scene. A second passenger of the taxi, Rodney Smith, 52, as well as driver Phillip Prindle, 43, of Kingston, were treated at the scene by paramedics from Diaz Ambulance and transported to the Health Alliance Hospital Kingston Broadway Campus.
As of late Thursday afternoon, the injuries sustained by Prindle and Smith reported to be non-life threatening.
The events leading to the crash are still under investigation by the Saugerties Police Detectives Division.
Saugerties Police were assisted at the scene by members from the New York State Police, Ulster County Sheriff’s Office, Ulster County District Attorney’s Office, CSX Police, the Mount Marion Fire Department and the Centerville Cedar Grove Fire Department.