Kathy Welsh

Kathy Welsh

RED HOOK – A 44-year-old Elizaville woman was fatally struck by an 18-ton field tread bulldozer on Thursday, according to New York State Police. The accident occurred at 1:13 p.m.

Police and rescue crews were dispatched by Dutchess County 911 to 7775 Albany Post Road in Red Hook for a reported incident involving a bulldozer and a pedestrian.

Police said the deceased was working for Jeff Decker & Son Inc. tasked with leveling a field.  The equipment operator was moving the machine to make a minor adjustment to the blade and noticed that his partner had been struck by the bulldozer.

The equipment operator contacted 911 and requested EMS and Police respond to the location.

The victim was transported by Northern Dutchess Paramedics to Northern Dutchess Hospital where she was pronounced deceased.

State Police were assisted by the Village of Red Hook Police Department and the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office.  Also on scene were the Red Hook Fire Department.

The State Police contacted OSHA and notified them of the incident.

The investigation is continuing.

Police are withholding the victim’s name at this time pending notification to her next of kin.

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