Accident

Bill Williams/Columbia-Greene Media Greenport Rescue treats a flagger after a Friday accident.

HUDSON — A flagman working on the Empire State Trail Project in Hudson was taken to Columbia Memorial Health on Friday morning after an accident involving a car and a stop sign, Lt. Anthony Moon of the Hudson Police Department said.

The 22-year-old flagger, who is employed by A. Colarusso & Son of Hudson, complained of abdominal pain following the accident, Moon said. His name has not been released

At about 8:25 a.m., a car operated by a 51-year-old Palenville woman was traveling northeast on Harry Howard Avenue in the area of Michael Court, where construction of the trail project is taking place, Moon said.

The woman continued to drive, despite the construction flagger holding a large stop sign, Moon said.

When he realized she was not stopping, the flagger jumped back to avoid the car, Moon said.

The car struck the stop sign, which then struck the flagger in the abdomen, Moon said.

Hudson firefighters and Greenport Rescue Squad were sent to the scene by Columbia County 911.

Hudson Second Assistant Chief Nick Pierro was the first to arrive and determined that no fire apparatus would be needed, said Hudson Fire Chief Anthony Demarco.

The driver of the car told police she did not see the flagger and was not charged, Moon said. She has not been identified.

Officials from New York State Department of Transportation arrived on the scene following the accident, Moon said.

Construction on the Harry Howard Avenue leg of the Empire State Trail has been taking place since March.

Johnson Newspapers 7.1

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