EASTON, NY – A woman was injured Thursday morning, April 22, 2010, during a truck accident in Washington County, New York. The collision between the car and the semi trailer truck occurred on rural State Route 40 near the village of Easton, northeast of the Albany metro region. The accident area is in the far eastern section of the state near the Vermont border, 37 miles west of Bennington, VT and 176 miles north of New York, New York.
At around 10:15 a.m. Thursday morning 20 year old Kelly Kinley of Greenwich, NY was driving a Hyundai Elantra north on State Route 40. As she drove through the area near Easton she reportedly had a medical emergency and lost control of her vehicle.
Just past the intersection of Route 40 and Bulson Road, the Hyundai Elantra crossed over the center dividing line directly into the path of a southbound semi tractor truck. The truck was driven by 54 year old Bryan Graham of Scotia, NY. He was driving for S. M. Gullivan Trucking based in Troy, NY.
The truck driver was unable to slow or maneuver his 18 wheeler to avoid a collision and Ms. Kinley slammed into the tractor trailer.
The Greenwich Fire Department responded to the scene of the truck accident as did personnel with the Easton-Greenwich Emergency Medical Services. According to authorities the car’s airbag deployed and Ms. Kinley was conscious and responding to the EMTs as they worked to extricate her from the car. Once free, she was stabilized and then transported by medical helicopter to Albany Medical Center about 28 miles away with possible internal trauma. Later reports indicated that Ms. Kinley had been treated and released from the hospital by Thursday evening.
The truck driver, Mr. Graham, was not injured in the collision.
The impact of the truck accident caused considerable damage to the Hyundai Elantra, mainly to the front end, and the car had to be towed from the scene. The semi trailer truck had little damage after the collision.
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office was also at the scene of the truck accident and shut down a section of State Route 40 between Bulson Road and Route 20 while highway crews cleared the wreckage and debris from the roadway. The area remained closed for several hours, finally reopening Thursday afternoon.
The Sheriff’s officers executed a reconstruction of the truck accident at the scene. They did not elaborate on the exact reason Ms. Kinley lost control of her car, only that she suffered a “medical event”.
At this time no charges have been made and the truck accident remains under investigation.
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