The Hudson Valley Post reported yesterday on a fatal accident that closed down a portion of the Taconic State Parkway, an important regional artery connecting New England and upstate New York with New York City, Long Island, and other parts of the state.
The incident occurred before six am Tuesday morning in East Fishkill, east of the I-84 Hudson River crossing. A driver hit a deer near mile marker 39 on the historic parkway in the lead-up to rush hour, and state troopers were on-site assisting the motorist. While they were placing road flares to mark the accident site, a 51-year-old LaGrange man driving a southbound GMC Sierra merged into the left lane to avoid the accident site, but was rear-ended by a 2003 Subaru Forester driven by a 50-year-old LaGrange man. The Subaru driver was not wearing a seat belt and suffered traumatic injuries in the accident.
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The New York State Police troopers on-scene extricated the victim from the vehicle and performed first aid until East Fishkill Fire/Rescue and EMStar Ambulance arrived on scene; however, the victim was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident because of his injuries. The East Fishkill Police Department and Dutchess County Medical Examiner’s Office were also on the scene of the accident.
The investigation is ongoing.