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1 dead in Kinderhook crash

Jada Kitson/Columbia-Greene MediaFirst responders at the scene of a fatal crash in Kinderhook on Route 203 on Wednesday afternoon.
December 13, 2017 04:47 pm Updated: December 13, 2017 06:54 pm

KINDERHOOK — One person is dead and several others injured in a two-car, head-on collision in Kinderhook on Wednesday afternoon.

The accident occurred at 2:25 p.m. on State Route 203 near the intersection of Merwin Road in the town, according to state police.

Both vehicles were traveling in opposite directions on State Route 203 when the vehicles collided for an unknown reason, state police Capt. Michael A. Jankowiak said at the scene.

“That’s all we know right now,” he said.

Multiple victims were taken to Albany Medical Center with unspecified injuries, according to state police.

The names of the victims are not being released pending notification of family members, state police Public Information Officer Aaron Hicks said.

The state police Accident Reconstruction Team was called to the scene to determine the exact cause and circumstances of the crash.

“It generally takes an hour or two for our reconstruction unit to go through the scene,” Jankowiak said. “Because of the circumstance and the way it happened, it’s very important that we get as much information documented as possible before we let the scene go.”

State police said State Route 203, between Merwin and McCagg roads, would be closed for about five hours Wednesday as investigators investigate the crash. The Chatham Fire Company assisted state police at the scene.

*Editor's note: This story corrects an earlier version that stated the accident took place on County Route 203.

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