Kathy Welsh

Kathy Welsh

Saugerties Police photo

SAUGERTIES – A passenger in a Kingston Kabs taxi was killed Thursday morning as the cab crossed the railroad tracks on Doyles Lane, just east of Kings Highway in Mount Marion, according to Saugerties Police Chief Joseph Sinagra.

Saugerties Police and rescue crews responded to the collision just before noon on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017.

The southbound CSX train struck the 2008 Chevrolet van which was operated by 43-year-old Phillip Prindle of Kingston.

As a result of the impact, Bertha Whispell, age 50 of Saugerties, a rear seat passenger in the taxi was ejected and pronounced dead at the scene.

Photo by John Bechtold

A second passenger of the taxi, a 52-year-old Rodney Smith, in addition to the operator of the taxi, Phillip Prindle, were treated at the scene by paramedics from Diaz Ambulance and transported to the HealthAlliance Hospital Kingston Broadway Campus.

At this time police believe injuries sustained by Prindle and Smith to be non-life threatening.

Photo by John Bechtold

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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