Excavator falls off trailer, causes power outage in Saugerties 

(Saugerties Police Department)

Earlier this afternoon, at 1:39 p.m., Saugerties Police responded to a 911 call on Manorville Road for a reported rollover motor vehicle crash involving an excavator. Investigation by police established that 29-year-old Jesse D. Bach of Saugerties was operating a 1985 Mack dump truck while pulling a trailer carrying a 2001 EX-120 Hitachi excavator southbound on Manorville Rd. when “the trailer failed, causing the excavator to encounter utility wires.”

According to police, the excavator then broke free from the trailer and overturned in the roadway. As the excavator broke free, the arm of the excavator ripped down telephone and utility wires, causing a power outage in the area.

Bach was uninjured in the incident.

As a result of the preliminary investigation, Bach was cited for:


  • having four bald tires on the dump truck
  • an expired inspection (expired in 2018)
  • speed not reasonable and prudent
  • pulling a trailer with an expired registration

Saugerties Police are being assisted in the continuing investigation by members of the NYSP Commercial Enforcement Unit and additional charges are pending. Saugerties Police were assisted at the scene by Centerville Fire, Diaz Ambulance, Town of Saugerties Highway Department and Steyer’s Towing. Manorville Road between Ralph Vedder and West Saugerties Roads has been closed and remains to be at the time of this report (4:40 p.m.), while crews work on utility repairs and the removal of the excavator.

There are 2 comments

  1. Dave

    Glad no one was hurt. Especially my wife, me , my friends and any Saugerties resident who may be innocently driving by, riding by or walking by. I hope this company realizes their mistake and cleans up their act.

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