CLERMONT—A Massachusetts woman was killed when her car crashed into a tanker tractor trailer on State Route 9G, October 20 at 8:41 a.m.
Helene M. Stril-Rever, 25, of Waltham was driving a 2007 Toyota Yaris south on Route 9G, just north of Cemetery Road, when for an unknown reason her car crossed into the opposite lane, where it ran head-on into a northbound 2003 Peterbilt tractor trailer owned by Borwegen Trucking, Inc. of Greenville.
Walter J. Reeves, 42, of Freehold was driving the truck and attempted to avoid the oncoming Stril-Rever vehicle, Sheriff David Harrison Jr said in a press release.
The trucker was hauling a tank trailer used to transport asphalt liquid oil. The tank was empty at the time of the accident.
A Sheriff’s Office Corrections Transportation Unit traveling to Ulster County to pick up an inmate saw part of the accident.
Ms. Stril-Rever was pronounced dead at the scene by Columbia County Coroner Dr. George Davis.
Mr. Reeves was not hurt. Both drivers were wearing seatbelts. No other occupants were in either vehicle.
An autopsy is scheduled to be conducted St Peter’s Hospital, October 21.
Clermont firefighters responded to the scene and Germantown firefighters assisted in closing Route 9G at Round Top Road. Northern Dutchess Paramedics and County Emergency Manangement Services Coordinator P.J. Keeler responded as well.
In addition to Coroner Davis and Sheriff Harrison, the Sheriff’s Incident Scene Investigation Unit, Undersheriff James Sweet, Captain David Bartlett, Senior Investigators William Foster and Kevin Skype, Investigator Mark Dunspaugh, Sergeant John DeRocha, Deputies Louis Bray, Toby VanAlstyne and Heath Benansky were on the scene as well.
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