CLAVERACK — A collision involving a propane tanker truck and a car led to a Hudson woman being flown to Albany for medical treatment and the closure of a portion of Route 9H and 23 on Wednesday, state police said.

The accident occurred around 11 a.m., according to police

Troopers responded to Route 9H in front of Valley Energy in the town of Claverack. Initial investigation shows that the tractor-trailer traveling north and carrying propane was making a right-hand turn into Valley Energy and slammed into the woman’s car, according to state police.

Lynne Clark, 73, was traveling north in a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu, when, for unknown reasons, she failed to stop, state police said.

Clark’s vehicle left the road and veered onto the right shoulder, avoiding a vehicle stopped behind the tractor-trailer but striking the tractor-trailer, police said.

Clark was pinned inside her vehicle, according to state police.

Clark, who had to be extricated from the vehicle, sustained serious, but non-life-threatening injuries and was airlifted to Albany Medical Center, state police said.

State Route 9H and 23 remained closed to traffic between County Route 27 and Baker Road in Claverack for around three hours because the propane tanker was leaking, state police Public Information Officer Aaron Hicks said.

State traffic officials warned motorists to avoid the area until the accident was cleared and the highway was reopened.

The road remained closed until about 2 p.m. Wednesday as crews attempted to seal the propane leak before the truck could be towed, Hicks said.

State police did not identify the driver of the tractor-trailer.

No tickets have been issued at this time, state police said.

To reach reporter Amanda Purcell, call 518-828-1616 ext. 2500, or send an email to, or tweet to @amandajpurcell.

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