Serious car crash ties up Poughkeepsie traffic

Police and EMS workers provide first aid to the injured persons

POUGHKEEPSIE – A serious multi-car accident tied up major thoroughfares in Poughkeepsie all Monday afternoon.

The westbound arterial (Mill Street) was closed between North Clinton and Catharine Streets due to an accident involving multiple vehicles, a bicycle and a pedestrian.

Shortly after 1 p.m., 911 received several calls reporting an accident at North Hamilton and Mill Streets, including victims lying in the street.

Poughkeepsie firefighters responded along with Poughkeepsie Police, state troopers and sheriff’s deputies.

Dutchess Sheriff’s Captain John Watterson said the pedestrian sustained life-threatening injuries.

Eyewitness accounts say that a black Nissan Altima was heading west on Mill Street and struck several vehicles, including a box truck, then proceeded through the intersection and struck a pedestrian and a person riding a bike.

One driver was taken into custody by the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office.

The cyclist also is believed to have sustained apparent serious injuries. Both injured persons were transported to local hospitals by Mobile Life Support Services Ambulance.

Anyone who may have witnessed the crash or has any information about it is asked to call the sheriff’s office Detective Bureau at 845-486-3820. The sheriff’s office can also be contacted on its tipline at 845-605-2583 or at All information will be kept confidential.

The investigation is continuing.

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