Amtrak Train Strikes Car in Hyde Park
A very scary situation occurred Friday morning as an Amtrak train collided with an unoccupied car in Dutchess County.
Around 9:40 a.m. Friday, the Fairview Fire District along with and Mobile Life Support Services were dispatched for a reported train versus automobile accident near River Point Road in the Town of Hyde Park.
While Fairfield personal were heading to the scene, the Dutchess County Department of Emergency Response 911 Center reported that there were no injuries on the train and that State Police was on the scene dealing with the occupants of the vehicle.
According to the Fairview Fire District, there were 178 passengers on board the train and four crew members. None were injured, the fire district confirmed.
The vehicle was not occupied when it was hit by the train. The unnamed driver and passenger fled the scene prior to the accident. Neither reported any injuries.
State Police confirmed to Hudson Valley Post that no injuries were reported to authorities
According to State Police from Rhinebeck, 39-year-old Sean Pesano, of LaGrange was driving his low-riding 1998 Acura parallel to the train tracks, off the roadway. The car was traveling along the western most track and got stuck on the track when Pesano attempted to avoid a large rock that was long the track.
The occupants were out of vehicle trying to free the car from the track when they saw the train come into view and fled.
The southbound Amtrack train was unable to avoid striking the unoccupied vehicle.
Police issued Pesano a traffic ticket for aggravated unlicensed operation.
Fairview and Mobile Life Support Service cleared the scene just before 10:15 am with New York State Police handling the investigation with the assistance of Town of Hyde Park Police and MTA Police.
The investigation was turned over to Amtrak Police.
We will continue to update this story if more information becomes available.