The driver of a flatbed truck failed to negotiate a curve on Rt. 212 late this morning, crashing into some nearby woods.
According to police, Thomas Herschel, 61, of Malden-on-Hudson, was operating a 2019 Western Star Flatbed Truck east bound on State Route 212 in Centerville, when he failed to negotiate a curve in the roadway near the intersection of Old Route 212, losing control of the truck. The truck went off the south shoulder of the roadway, traveling approximately 175 feet and striking a state road sign before re-entering the roadway and crossing over into the westbound lane of Route 212, continuing northerly off the roadway and into a heavily wooded area just east of the South Peak Veterinary Hospital. The truck came to rest in the woods after striking several large trees.
Herschel was treated at the scene by EMS personnel from the Centerville Fire Department and Paramedics from DIAZ Ambulance. Herschel was transported to the Health Alliance Hospital Broadway Campus where he is currently still being treated for back and chest injuries sustained in the crash. He was issued a traffic summons for speed not reasonable and prudent.
The westbound lane of route 212 was closed for two hours during the incident, including the removal the truck from the woods which required heavy duty towing equipment from Steyer’s Hudson Valley Auto.