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State Police: Drunk driver seriously injured 2 Troopers, tow truck drivers on the Thruway - The Rockland PostThe Rockland Post
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State Police: Drunk driver seriously injured 2 Troopers, tow truck drivers on the Thruway

The accident happened near Albany in Rensselaer New York

The State Troopers remain in serious but stable condition.

Driver charged with 1st degree vehicular assault first-degree, DWI and other Vehicle & Traffic Law violations.

UPSTATE- NYS Police released a statement saying a man driving drunk seriously injured two Troopers who were on scene of a car crash on the Thruway.

Around 4 a.m., State Troopers Brent Karow and Shane Swartz were dispatched to a single vehicle property damage crash on I-90 eastbound near at Exit 8 near North Greenbush in Rensselaer County.

The vehicle had to be removed from the center median. The three left lanes of highway were closed off with emergency flares.

Just after 5 a.m., Rensselaer County 911 began receiving multiple calls regarding a crash involving a police vehicle on I-90.

State Police dispatch were unable to contact Karow and Swartz, who were the state troopers dispatched to that scene.

North Greenbush Police Department responded to the scene to find the injured Troopers and tow truck drivers.

An immediate investigation concluded that a car, driven by Christopher Neumann, 26, failed to move to the right and collided with the patrol vehicle, according to State Police.

Both the patrol vehicle and the tow truck had their emergency lights on in addition to the ground flares.

Neumann’s car struck the Trooper’s patrol vehicle only to continue to move forward and injure both officers, according to police.

Trooper Karow was thrown approximately 70 feet into the median, and Swartz was thrown and trapped underneath the tow truck.

One tow truck driver was hit by Neumann’s car and the other tow truck operator was hit by flying debris from the accident. All parties were transported to an Albany hospital.

Neumann was charged with first-degree vehicular assault, driving while intoxicated and other Vehicle & Traffic Law violations.

Both Troopers are in serious but stable condition.

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