An investigation is underway following a fatal accident between a school bus and a truck on 9W in the Hudson Valley.
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Detectives from the Ulster County Sheriff's Office reported a fatal motor vehicle accident on State Route 9W in the Town of Saugerties.
On Thursday around 8:51 a.m., deputies responded to the report of a two-car motor vehicle accident involving a Saugerties school bus and dump truck on State Route 9W in the Malden area of the Town of Saugerties.
Upon arrival, it was determined the operator of the dump truck suffered serious injuries and was later pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver's name was not released.
"The investigation is actively being conducted by the Ulster County Sheriff's Office and New York State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit. The names of the parties involved will not be released at this time pending the notification of next of kin," the Ulster County Sheriff's Office said in a press release.
The school bus driver suffered minor injuries and was transported to Health Alliance of the Hudson Valley Broadway Campus in Kingston for further treatment, police say.
No children were on the school bus at the time of the accident, according to the Ulster County Sheriff's Office.
Saugerties School District Superintendent Kirk Reinhardt released the following statement:
Early this morning, a First Student school bus contracted by the Saugerties Central School District was involved in an accident with a dump truck on Main Street in Malden. There were no children on the bus when the accident occurred. The driver of the school bus did not appear to have any injuries but was transported to the hospital for evaluation.
We have been informed that this section of the roadway will be closed to traffic for several hours as police continue to investigate the accident. It is possible that there may also be some afternoon drop-off delays, and appreciate your patience and understanding.
Our thoughts are with all those involved. Please continue to drive safely and be especially mindful of school buses on the road.
The Ulster County Sheriff's Office was assisted at the scene by the New York State State Police, New York State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit, Town of Saugerties Police Department, Ulster County District Attorney's Office, Diaz Memorial Ambulance Service, Malden-West Camp Fire Department and the Saxton Fire Department.
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