Train strikes dump truck in Saugerties; ‘lucky’ driver escapes injury

SAUGERTIES, N.Y. >> An “absolutely lucky” dump truck driver escaped injury Friday morning after he failed to stop his vehicle at a private railroad crossing off Kings Highway and it was struck by a CSX locomotive, Saugerties Police Chief Joseph Sinagra said. Jhon F. Orozco-Giraldo, 21, of Mine Hill, N.J., was driving a 2015 Kenworth tri-axle dump truck west on a private road, toward Kings Highway, when he was struck by a southbound cargo train at 6:34 a.m., Sinagra said.

Orozco-Giraldo was ticketed for failure to stop at the crossing, according to a police press release. The crossing, on a private road just south of Tissal Road, is marked with a stop sign and a ‘”Private RR Crossing” sign on each side of the tracks but does not have warning lights or gates.

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Advertisement A CSX spokeswoman said the train originated in Cleveland and was on its way to Long Island.

The train was carrying 53 loaded auto racks, Gail Lobin said. “We are grateful that no one was injured in this morning’s incident and appreciate the efforts of local police who responded to the scene,” Lobin wrote in an email. Sinagra said Orozco-Giraldo, whose truck might have been empty when it was hit, had been southbound on Kings Highway and accidently drove past Tissal Road, where he had intended to turn.

He turned down the private road, crossed the tracks, made a U-turn and was struck as he crossed them again on his way back toward Kings Highway, the chief said.

The dump truck “sustained extensive damage,” but Orozco-Giraldo was not injured, police said.

The tracks and the road were cleared by about 10:15 a.m., Sinagra said.


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