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Police Investigate Fatal Crash Involving Tractor-Trailer, Jeep On Route 9W

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HIGHLAND, N.Y. -- State Police at Highland investigated a four-car fatal motor vehicle collision that occurred on State Route 9W in the Town of Esopus at 4:30 p.m. on Monday.

William W. Johnson III, 48, operating a 2001 Jeep Cherokee south on St 9W crossed over the center line and struck a tractor-trailer traveling north on Route 9W. Johnson’s vehicle came to rest in the southbound lane and was struck by a third vehicle. A fourth vehicle was damaged by debris from the impacts.

Johnson was pronounced deceased at the scene and transported to Kingston Hospital. State Route 9W was closed for several hours for the collision reconstruction investigation.

Anyone who may have witnessed the accident is encouraged to contact the State Police at Highland at (845) 691-2922.

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