Police are investigating a fatal car accident that shut down a section of the heavily trafficked Route 9W this morning in the town of Lloyd.
According to Lieutenant James Janson of the Lloyd Police Department, a 1995 Saturn driven by a 57-year-old man from Dutchess County was traveling south on Route 9W when his vehicle crossed over into the northbound lane where it was struck by a cargo van carrying five senior-citizen passengers, and driven by a 29-year-old male from Dutchess County.
The 57-year-old was transported to Mid-Hudson Regional Hospital by Mobile Life Support Services where he was pronounced dead. The driver of the Ford transit cargo van and his five passengers were transported to Vassar Hospital by Mobile Life Services. According to the police most of the passengers of the cargo van were treated for minor injuries but one sustained “serious injuries” and is still in the intensive care unit at Vassar.
According to Janson, there were “no signs of obvious criminality or medical issues,” that would have caused the driver of the Saturn to cross over into oncoming traffic.
Route 9W was shut down for nearly three hours while police and emergency service providers tended to the victims and investigated the accident. The cause of the collision has not been determined at this time as the fatal car crash is still under investigation. The police are waiting to gather information from the autopsy report and from eye witnesses as well as video surveillance cameras that may have captured the accident on camera to help them determine what the cause of the accident was.
The Lloyd police were assisted at the scene by the New York State Police, the NYS Police Collision Reconstruction Unit, the Highland Fire Department and Mobile Life services.