WAPPINGERS FALLS, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Eight people were hospitalized Friday afternoon, after a three-car crash on Route 9 in Wappingers Falls. Fire and EMS crews were called to the scene at about 4:26 p.m. after police said three cars had collided, and one had flipped onto its side. The flipped car, police said, had one person trapped in it.
The Hughsonville Fire Department used their jaws of life to rescue the person trapped inside the flipped car, and a total of five ambulances were called to take eight people to local hospitals. Route 9 north between Old Hopewell Road and Myers Corners Road was closed for several hours as the New York State Police investigated the crash.
New York State Police said Destiny Smith, 28, of the Bronx, and jomo Cole, 30 of the Bronx, were arrested in connection with the incident. The Village of Fishkill Police pursued their car northbound on Route 9 in connection to a grand larceny investigation from Key Bank. The car then struck the school bus and came to rest in a ditch.
Smith was charged with firth-degree conspiracy, second-degree reckless endangerment, and third-degree fleeing an officer in a motor vehicle, all misdemeanors. Cole was charged with firth-degree conspiracy, also a misdemeanor.
Both were issued appearance tickets to return to the town of Wappinger Court on August 22. The investigation remains ongoing.