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7-year-old boy killed in Copake crash

Amanda Purcell/Columbia-Greene Media State Police are investigating the cause of a fatal crash on Route 7A near Twin Bridges Road in Copake on Wednesday.
August 21, 2019 08:04 pm Updated: August 22, 2019 02:05 pm

COPAKE — A head-on collision on slippery roads claimed the life of a young boy Wednesday on County Route 7A, police say.

Caleb P. Dier, 7, was killed in the two-car, head-on crash near Twin Bridges Road at about 6:40 p.m., according to state police.

According to a preliminary investigation, Christina I. Gubler, 28, of Craryville, was driving a 2005 Honda Civic south on County Route 7A, with her son Caleb when she lost control on the slick road and crossed over into the opposite lane, police said.

Gubler’s vehicle then collided with a 2014 Toyota Avalon heading north and driven by Michael T. Super, 71, of Hudson. Super’s wife, Mary B., 71, was a passenger in the vehicle.

The crash occurred toward the bottom of a hill just after thunderstorms had moved through the area.

Caleb was transported by Greenport Rescue Squad to Columbia Memorial Hospital, where he died of his injuries. State police initially reported Dier was airlifted from the crash site scene. But the helicopter was called off at the scene.

Gubler and Michael and Mary Super were transported to Albany Medical Center with serious, but non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

The crash remains under investigation, police said Thursday.

Fire police closed off the road for several hours and diverted traffic onto Twin Bridges Road. The section of road was closed from 6:40 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

The Troop K Collision Reconstruction Unit is still investigating the crash and other potential causes, said state police Senior Investigator Eric Barnes.

“The cause of the crash is still being investigated,” Barnes said. “We can tell you that we know it was raining fairly hard at the time of the accident.”

First responders from Community Rescue Squad, Greenport Rescue Squad and the Copake Fire Department assisted state police at the crash scene. Also responding were Northern Dutchess Paramedics, Copake Rescue Squad, the Columbia County EMS Coordinator and Troop K Collision Reconstruction Unit.

Family and friends have set up an online fundraiser for Gubler, who works at the Red Dot Restaurant and Bar and Wm Farmer and Sons Restaurant in Hudson.

Check back for more on this developing story.

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