STUYVESANT — A Columbia County man was taken to Columbia Memorial Health after his vehicle crashed and caught fire early Tuesday morning in Stuyvesant, Aaron Hicks, public information officer for state police Troop K said Wednesday.

Daniel Greene, 54, of Kinderhook, did not have life-threatening injuries, Hicks said.

At about 12:14 a.m., a 2012 Subaru Forester driven by Greene was traveling east county Route 21, when the car left the road, struck an earth embankment and crashed in a field before catching fire, Hicks said.

Greene was able to get out of the vehicle and call for help, Hicks said.

Columbia County 911 sent Valatie Rescue Squad and fire departments from Stuyvesant and Stuyvesant Falls to the scene between Bishop Nelson Road and Dahlgren Road.

The first firefighters to arrive at the crash said the car was engulfed in flames and began putting the fire out. They reported the fire was out after 20 minutes.

Paramedics examined Greene at the scene before bringing him to Columbia Memorial. No tickets were issued, Hicks said.

County Route 21 was down to one lane of alternating traffic while crews worked.

The car was a total loss and had to be towed from the scene.

State police investigated. They were assisted by the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.

Both fire companies were back in service at 1:22 a.m.

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