Kathy Welsh

Kathy Welsh

SAUGERTIES – An investigation conducted by members of the Saugerties Police Department into the circumstances resulting in the death of 50 year-old Bertha Whispell of Saugerties, on February 16, 2017 has resulted in the filing of charges against 43-year-old Phillip A. Prindle of Kingston.

Saugerties Police photo

Officials said Prindle has been charged with the Felony of Failure to Stop at a Railroad Crossing Resulting in a Fatal Accident and the Violation of Failure to Stop at a Stop Sign.

According to officials: On February 16, 2017 at 11:45 a.m., Prindle was operating a 2008 Chevrolet Van owned by Kingston Kabs, Inc., picking up a fare at the end of Doyle’s Lane in the Town of Saugerties.

At 11:47 am Prindle was traveling west on Doyle’s Lane, when Prindle proceeded to drive past a posted stop sign and a CSX Warning Sign, without first stopping and looking both ways onto the approaching railroad tracks. Prindle proceeded directly across the tracks into the path of an oncoming CSX Engine. The Engine struck the taxi resulting in injury to both Prindle and his front seat passenger, 52-year-old Rodney Smith. Whispell who was seated in the rear of the taxi, had been ejected during the crash, sustaining fatal injuries.

Video obtained from the CSX Engine and the DATA recorder from the Taxi clearly established that Prindle did not stop and look before driving onto the tracks. At the time of the incident, Prindle did submit to a chemical test of his blood for drugs and alcohol, which established that drugs nor alcohol were a contributing factor resulting in the crash.

The Ulster County District Attorney’s Office, and the New York State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit, assisted police detectives in their investigation.

Prindle was processed at police headquarters and released pending a court appearance at a later date.

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  1. https://ulstercountyny.gov/sites/default/files/documents/atd_final.pdf County has private 9 years ago.
    DOYLE’S LANE 842679D Private Google map 42.0671290,-73.9758599

    842678W Private Google map 42.0741244,-73.9738113
    These crossing with pathetic sight no video would show CLEARLY what the vehicle did. How photo shopped was this video THAT LEFT THE SCENE WITH THE KILLER RAILROAD?
    The cops covering for the city,county,state, and railroad might want to check the law books. The POS $10 sign put there by the killer railroad has NO legal meaning. You don’t need a drivers license on private property and drivers statutes can’t apply. Not even train horns at these death traps.
    Crossing ID 842678W == On Feb 16, 2017 a LOCOMOTIVE(S) operated by CSX Transportation [CSX ] hit a VAN at approximately 11:45AM in New York in ULSTER county on PRIVATE RD road. The incident occurred in/near SAUGERTIES city. The rail equipment was reported to have been traveling at 044 Mph with 2 locomotive(s) and 0 cars(s). The VAN had been traveling in a westernly direction at 010 Mph.
    The railroad was operating on main line track over a private road crossing. It was cloudy, during the day and the temperature was 32. There were 1 death(s) and 2 injured in this incident and a Railroad Injury/Illness Report (form FRA-55a) was also filed. The 43 year old male driver was moving on the crossing and was reported to have not stopped. There were 3 occupant(s) in the vehicle. The view of the track was not obstructed. Hazardous material was not being transported by rail or highway vehicle. The crossing was protected by: Stop signs TRAIN STRUCK OCCUPIED VEHICLE AT THE CROSSING. TRAIN C91116 WITH LOCOMOTIVE CSXT 2492 AND CSXT 8075 COLLIDED WITH AN OCCUPIED VEHICLE ON THE RIVER SUBDIVISION. CONFIRMATION OF ONE FATALITY AND TWO ADDITIONAL OCCUPANTS WITH UNKNOWN LEVEL OF INJURIES.

    Why not arrest the railroad handmaidens in bed with the railroads WE PAY? Talking about railroaded.

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