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Hudson Valley Woman Killed When Train Hits Her Cab

Saugerties Police
Saugerties Police

A Hudson Valley woman was killed when her cab was hit by a train.

Thursday around 11:45 a.m., Saugerties Police responded to a report of a train verses motor vehicle crash on Doyles Lane, a dead-end street just east of Kings Highway in Mount Marion.


A south bound CSX train struck a 2008 Chevrolet Van from Kingston Kab , driven by 43-year-old Phillip Prindle of Kingston, as the taxi was crossing the railroad tracks on Doyles Lane, police say.

As a result of the crash, 50-year-old Bertha Whispell of Saugerties, a rear seat passage in the taxi, was ejected from the cab. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Prindle and a second passenger of the taxi, 52-year-old Rodney Smith, were treated at the scene by paramedics from Diaz Ambulance and transported to the Health Alliance Hospital Kingston Broadway Campus.

Their injuries don’t appear to be life threatening, officials say.

The events leading to the crash are still under investigation by the Saugerties Police Detectives Division.

Saugerties Police were assisted at the scene by members from the New York State Police, Ulster County Sheriff’s Office, Ulster County District Attorney’s Office, CSX Police, the Mount Marion Fire Department and the Centerville Cedar Grove Fire Department.

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