Five Teens Seriously Injured in Gallatin Car Accident

Recently, a one vehicle accident in Gallatin left five teenagers seriously hurt. On Saturday, October 13, 17-year-old Austen Link of Pine Plains lost control of the Toyota Camry he was driving with four passengers inside on County Route 2 near Beaver Road. According to the New York State Police, Link was traveling at an excessive speed and lost control of the car when he came upon a curve in the roadway. Accident witnesses reportedly told police the eastbound Camry hit a guard rail on the north side of the road and rolled before striking two trees.

The driver purportedly suffered a spinal fracture and was taken by ambulance to Poughkeepsie's Saint Francis Hospital for treatment following the crash. Rescue crews also transported two of Link's passengers to Saint Francis Hospital, one with a broken femur and another with a broken back. Following the accident, emergency responders took the vehicle's remaining two passengers to area hospitals by emergency helicopter. 19-year-old Wei Li of Hudson was taken to Albany Medical Center as a result of a head injury and 18-year-old Amber Lynn Mclain of Claverack was transported to Westchester Medical Center with a back fracture.

State police are currently investigating the exact cause of the serious crash. Although police do not believe drugs or alcohol played a role in the accident, a preliminary investigation reportedly revealed the incident was caused by excessive speed. The posted speed limit on County Route 2 at the location of the accident is 45 miles per hour. According to Captain Scott Brown, investigators believe no one in the Camry was wearing a seat belt when the accident occurred and this may have contributed to the severity of the reported injuries. Police stated Link will face a number of charges in connection with the crash.

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5 injured in Gallatin one-car rollover, Poughkeepsie Journal