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Details Emerge In Chain Reaction I-84 Crash With Three Serious Injuries

Westbound I-84 near Exit 20 (I-684).
Westbound I-84 near Exit 20 (I-684). Photo Credit: Google Maps street view

Three people received serious injuries Monday during a five-car crash on I-84 westbound in Putnam County, according to the New York State Police.

New York State Police from the East Fishkill barracks responded to the accident that occurred around 12:42 p.m., said Trooper Melissa McMorris.

An investigation into the crash indicates that Nancy A. Scott, 64, of Carmel, was traveling westbound on I-84 and failed to observe the vehicles in front of her slowing down for traffic, according to McMorris.

Scott struck the rear of a Toyota Avalon, operated by Linda Laboy, 64, of Danbury, Conn. Laboy’s vehicle subsequently struck the rear of a BMW operated by Elizabeth Draus, 53, of Amsterdam, N.Y., McMorris said.

Draus’ vehicle then rear-ended a Jeep Wrangler operated by Gregory J. Chiovitti, 60, of Thomaston, Conn. As a result, Chiovitti’s vehicle struck the rear of an International Harvester operated by Ricky Hartung, 54, of Mount Bethel, Pa.

Laboy’s passengers, 96-year-old John Patton and Lois R. McKee, 67 years old, of Danbury, suffered serious injuries and were transported to Danbury Hospital. David R. Patton, 65, was transported to Westchester Medical Center via LifeNet with life-threatening injuries. Laboy was transported to Danbury Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Hartung, the sole occupant of the tractor-trailer was not injured. Chiovitti and Draus reported minor injuries and refused further medical attention.

The roadway was closed for several hours while the New York State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit reconstructed the crash. The Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit also responded to the scene.

Also at the scene of the crash were members Brewster Fire Department, Emstar Ambulance, and the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office.

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