Police Officer Injured In 3-Vehicle Crash
Most people have had to execute a U-turn at some point in their lives. Hopefully, it has been at a point in the road where U-turns are allowed. However, at places on some roads in New York, a U-turn is not permissible. This may be because there is little to no visibility for oncoming vehicles. In a school zone, a U-turn is not permitted in New York. A driver may also not be permitted to make a U-turn when approaching at the top of a hill due to the aforementioned visibility issues. Drivers who make illegal U-turns may receive a traffic citation and if an accident is involved, they may be considered to be at fault.
The Mid-Hudson Valley Patch reports that a police officer was injured in a 3-vehicle crash. The crash happened just before 10:30 p.m. on South Road in the town of Poughkeepsie. It was in the area of South Road near Hudson Plaza.
A 42-year-old male from Glendale, Arizona was driving a 2010 Toyota. He attempted to make an illegal U-turn to head south. The Town of Poughkeepsie police officer hit the vehicle making the illegal turn.
The impact sent the police vehicle across the northbound lanes of South Road. It hit a car that was parked in the parking lot of a fast-food restaurant. Both the driver from Arizona and the police officer suffered from head injuries. They were both taken to a local hospital.
The accident closed two lanes in each direction on South Road for about four hours while an investigation was conducted.