A Plattekill teenager was killed and four people were injured Monday night in a head-on crash in the Town of Newburgh that split one car in two, officials said.
Alana Tadry, 15, was killed after being ejected from an Audi, whose rear passenger compartment and trunk area went about 30 feet into the woods, Town of Newburgh police said in a news release.
The front of the car, including the front passenger compartment, slid about 200 feet south on the roadway. The accident occurred on Route 32, between Mill Street and East Road.
The Audi's driver, Edward Lier, 20, of Plattekill, and front-seat passenger, Nicole Galgan, 18, of Newburgh, were taken to Saint Francis Hospital in Poughkeepsie. Rear-seat passenger Christopher Giammarino, 19, of New Windsor, was flown by helicopter to Westchester Medical Center with serious injuries, police said.
John Dyer, 49, of Newburgh, the driver of the other car involved in the collision, was taken to St. Luke's Hospital in Newburgh.
Police said Lier was driving south about 7:05 p.m. on a straightaway on Route 32 and was passing at least one other southbound vehicle. He apparently tried to get back into the southbound lane when his car was struck on the driver's-side rear fender by the northbound Chevy, splitting the Audi in half.
Tadry's body was turned over to the Orange County medical examiner's office for an autopsy.
The section of road where the cars collided has been the scene of numerous traffic mishaps, including an accident that killed a young girl in February 2011, Jim Leghorn of the Cronomer Valley Fire Department told News12. Also assisting at the scene were the Plattekill Fire Department, Town of Newburgh EMS and MobilLife ambulance service.