21 January 2021

Major Michael J. Drake
Troop K Commander

Fishkill, New York – On January 20, 2021, the New York State Police from the Wappinger barracks investigated a fatal motor vehicle crash on Route 9D between Red Schoolhouse Road and Baxtertown Road in the town of Fishkill.

At approximately 1:36 p.m., the State Police, the Town of Fishkill Police Department, and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Police responded to a crash on Route 9D involving a passenger vehicle and a school bus.

Initial investigation reveals a Chevrolet Equinox operated by Edwin Ramirez Sr., age 69, of Poughkeepsie, NY, was traveling southbound on State Route 9D, and entered the northbound lane for unknown reasons striking a northbound International school bus head-on. 

Mr. Ramirez was unfortunately pronounced deceased on scene by responding paramedics.  The operator of the school bus and sole occupant, Robert McCollum Jr., age 53, of Newburgh, NY, was transported to St. Luke’s Hospital for evaluation.

State Route 9D was reopened at approximately 6:30 p.m. 

This investigation remains ongoing.  Chelsea Fire Department and the Veterans Affairs Fire Department responded to the scene to render aid.


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