Car leaves Kingston street, plunges to rail bed below; 90-year-old driver hospitalized

This morning at about 9:17 a.m., Kingston Police responded to Delaware Ave. at Hasbrouck Ave. for a report of a car that had left the roadway, traveled over the edge of an abandoned railroad tunnel, and plunged to the old rail bed below.

Upon arrival, the vehicle was found nose down upside down, leaning against the tunnel wall in an unstable position with the operator still in the vehicle. Emergency personnel communicated with the man inside while attempts were made to stabilize the vehicle. Firefighters were able to enter the vehicle and remove the man who was suspended by his seatbelt. Once clear of the vehicle, the man was treated by medical personnel for neck and back injuries and removed to Mid-Hudson Regional Hospital for further treatment.

Investigation determined that a 2008 Dodge Durango operated by 38-year-old Florence Schoonmaker of Kingston was stopped at a stop sign on Delaware Ave. at intersection with Hasbrouck Ave. and Livingston St. A 2009 Chevy Impala operated by 90-year-old Robert Gorsline of Kingston was travelling northeast on Delaware Ave towards Hasbrouck Ave when he collided with the rear of the Schoonmaker vehicle which was stopped in front of him. Gorsline’s vehicle continued through the intersection and left the roadway, going over the edge of the tunnel-top down to the rail bed below.

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Schoonmaker was not injured. The investigation is continuing.

 

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