CLAVERACK — A Dutchess County man has been arrested on charges stemming from a serious accident that happened early Tuesday morning in Claverack, said Aaron Hicks, public information officer for state police Troop K.
Dean P. Beverly, 21, of Poughkeepsie, was charged with driving while intoxicated, an unclassified misdemeanor. Additional charges are expected to be filed, Hicks said.
At about 12:53 a.m., Beverly was driving a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado north on Route 9H and failed to stop at a red light at the intersection of Route 66 and struck a 2002 Volvo S-40 driven by Seth Kritzman, 32, of Hudson. The collision caused the Volvo to then strike a 2007 Toyota Highlander driven by Lorie Pell, 56, of Hudson, Hicks said.
Beverly’s pickup truck left the road, overturned and caught fire.
Troopers Justin Slater and Bryan Schaffer were the first to arrive on the scene. The two broke a window of the burning truck and pulled Beverly out while using a fire extinguisher to control the flames in the cab of the vehicle, Hicks said.
Claverack and Mellenville fire departments quickly arrived and removed Kritzman from his car, using the Jaws of Life.
Beverly and Kritzman were taken to Albany Medical Center by Greenport Rescue Squad with serious injuries. Pell was taken to Columbia Memorial Health for evaluation, Hicks said.
A Life Net helicopter was requested but declined due to the weather. It was raining at the time of the accident.
The area was closed to traffic for several hours while investigators from the state police Bureau of Criminal Investigation gathered evidence on the crash.
Beverly’s truck was towed to the state police impound lot in Salt Point, where it is being held as evidence, Hicks said.
A large pile of burned contents from the truck remained in a field off Route 9H following the accident.
Assisting at the scene were Chatham Rescue Squad, West Ghent Fire Company and the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.
All firefighters were back in service at 4:47 a.m.