Kingston, NY (March 14, 2019) – At approximately 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 13th, authorities reported that a tractor-trailer struck both a police car and a disabled vehicle that the officer had been attending to on the side of the northbound lanes of Interstate 87.
Police stated that Trooper Thomas P. Hanigan had been inside his patrol car when the tractor-trailer struck the rear of the driver’s side. Hanigan had been pulled over to assist a disabled 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe, of which two occupants were attending to a flat tire. The driver of the truck, identified as 54-year-old Michael Audit, of Napierville, Quebec, continued north after hitting the trooper car and slammed into the Tahoe.
The impact of the accident forced the Tahoe to strike Juana Herrera, 46, of Albany, and pushed her into a guardrail. Alejandro Espinosa, 56, of Albany, was able to leap over the guardrail to safety. Emergency medical crews arrived at the scene where they transported Trooper Hanigan and Herrera to Kingston Hospital. Both parties suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
Audit was uninjured in the accident and ticketed for violating the “move over” law.
Our deepest sympathies are wholeheartedly extended to both Trooper Thomas P. Hanigan and Juana Herrera, as we hope for their full recoveries. Unfortunately, truck accidents in New York are commonly fatal or seriously injurious because of the sheer size and power of such large vehicles. While it can be terribly difficult, it is important for victims to know that they may have substantial rights at this time.
At Hach & Rose, we realize that there is nearly nothing as difficult as dealing with a sudden injury. As devoted members of the community, our New York accident attorneys are here for you 24/7 to answer any questions you may have at this time. If you have been hurt in a New York truck accident due to circumstances beyond your control, please don’t hesitate to call 212-779-0057 today.
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