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Trucker rams State Police car and disabled vehicle on Thruway, causing injuries

KINGSTON – A state trooper and a woman were injured when a truck driver failed to move over on the northbound Thruway in Kingston Wednesday afternoon, striking the trooper car and a disabled vehicle.


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At about 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Trooper Thomas Hanigan, a 19-year member of the State Police, was inside his patrol car when a tractor-trailer failed to yield the right of way to an emergency vehicle and struck the driver’s side of the car.

The truck driver, Michael Audit, 54, of Napierville, Quebec, kept driving north and struck the driver’s side of the disabled SUV while both occupants were attempting to change a tire.

The truck struck the guide rail and crossed over the northbound lanes, coming to rest on the westbound shoulder.

The passenger of the SUV, Juana Herrera, 46, of Albany, was injured when the vehicle struck her and pushed her into a guide rail. The driver, Alejandro Espinosa, 56, of Albany, jumped over the guide rail and was not injured.

Herrera and Hanigan were treated and released for non-life-threatening injuries at the Broadway Campus of Health Alliance Hospital in Kingston.

Audit was not injured and was ticketed for moving from a lane unsafely and violating the move over all.

The State Department of Environmental Conservation responded to the scene for spill response because of fuel leaking into the Esopus Creek.


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