Train strikes cab, killing Saugerties woman, injuring two others

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.

There are 6 comments

  1. Kim

    My heart and thoughts are with the woman who lost her life as well as her family. And I pray for a speedy recovery for all others involved. Such a tragedy.

  2. Vince

    My prayers are with not only the victims and their families but of the train crew who are powerless to stop this. Often people forget about the people who operate the train and can do nothing but watch as it happens. Freight trains that weigh thousands of tons cannot stop on a dime and take up to a mile to come to a Full stop. The best way that people can honor the lives lost is to make sure that you never try to beat a train to a Crossing or drive around lowered gates. Remember, if you try to race a train to a Crossing and it’s a tie you lose your life.

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