1 killed, 2 hurt in 2-car accident on Route 9G in Tivoli

A Hudson man was killed and two other men were injured in a two-car crash at the Tivoli intersection with Route 9G at 10am this morning, according to the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff’s investigators say that a 2003 Nissan was turning left onto Route 9G from West Kerley Corners Road at 10am this morning, headed southbound, when it was struck on the driver’s side by a northbound GMC box truck.

The driver of the Nissan, Brandon O’Connell, 21, was pronounced dead at Northern Dutchess Hospital. His passenger, Eric Hill, 25, of Germantown was airlifted from the scene to Albany Medical Center, where he is in stable condition, the sheriff’s report said.

The truck driver, James Frizzell, 38, of Franklin, N.J., was treated and released from Northern Dutchess Hospital. The truck is owned by Residuals Mgt Services of Vernon, N.J.

The investigation is still ongoing by members of the Sheriff’s Office Crash Investigation Unit, but the sheriff’s report said, “At this time, it appears as though failure to yield the right of way on the part of [the Nissan] is the primary cause of the accident. No charges have been filed at this time.”

Route 9G was shut down for four hours from Lasher Road, near the Columbia County border, to Clay Hill Road, just south of the Tivoli intersection.

The accident site is within feet of the site of fatal hit-and-run Jan. 31 that killed two Bard College students.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by members of the New York State Police, Village of Red Hook Police, Tivoli Fire Dept., Northern Dutchess Paramedics, and Red Hook Rescue Squad.

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