On Tuesday, April 3, at about 4:00PM, New York State troopers assigned to the Dover Plains barracks responded to a serious personal-injury auto accident involving three vehicles, including a FedEx truck. The accident occurred on State Route 22, about a mile north of Tinkertown Road, in the Town ofAmenia. Police investigation indicated that a 1997 GMC step van operated by an independent FedEx contractor was southbound on Route 22 when it struck a southbound 2000 Lincoln four-door sedan operated by Martin D. Pruner, age 55, of Dover Plains, in the rear as the sedan slowed to make a left turn into a driveway. The impact forced the car into the northbound lane where it was involved in a head-on collision with a southbound 2005 Nissan 4-door sedan operated by Omar McCalla, age 28, of Brooklyn. Four persons were injured in the accident. The operator of the FedEx truck, Thomas G. Heubach, age 23 from Walkill, sustained a leg contusion. Pruner suffered pain in his shoulder. McCalla sustained multiple fractures. A passenger in his vehicle, 27 year-old Allana A. Lewis of Pittsfield, MA. sustained internal injuries. All of the injured were transported to Sharon Hospital. Lewis was later transferred to Berkshire Medical Center where she remains in critical condition.
Pruner was initially ticketed for following too closely. Additional charges may be filed against him pending the results of a commercial vehicle inspection. McCalla was ticketed for unlicensed operation and driving an unregistered vehicle.
State Route 22 was closed for about an hour as State Police conducted the accident investigation and the damaged vehicles and debris were removed from the crash scene. State Police were assisted at the scene by firefighters and paramedics from the Wassaic Fire Company, J.H. Ketcham Hose Company (Dover), and TransCare Ambulance.