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According to Sheriff Jeffrey J. Murphy, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office responded to a personal injury accident involving a passenger car and tractor trailer on September 17, 2015 at 2:26 pm on State Route 196 in the Town of Hartford.
At the time of the accident, dispatchers originally received reports of as many as five serious injuries, however when sheriff’s deputies arrived, it was learned that there were only two injuries and multiple people attempting to help.
Anne Marie Rajczewski, 47, of Rapple Drive in Albany, New York was eastbound on State Route 196 operating a 2005 Mazda. Rajczewski appears to have crossed over into the westbound lane and was struck head on by a tractor trailer which was headed westbound in the opposite direction.
The tractor trailer was operated by Jeffrey A. Kulas, 57, of Drake Hill Road in Freehold, New York. Kulas was transported to the Glens Falls Hospital with an apparent minor back injury.
Rajczewski was trapped in the vehicle and had to be extricated by firefighters using the jaws of life. She was transported by ambulance to a medical helicopter which landed nearby and was then flown to the Albany Medical Center with chest, face and internal injuries.
Multiple agencies were on scene assisting including Hartford and Kingsbury Fire Companies and rescue squads from Argyle and Fort Edward. A portion of State Route 196 was closed for a little over five hours while the scene was being reconstructed and then cleared. There was a substantial amount of debris strewn along the roadway including the engine from the passenger vehicle and an axle from the tractor trailer.
The accident is in the beginning stages of the investigation.