08 March 2022

Major Kathryne M. Rohde
Troop K Commander

Updated press release March 11, 2022:

The State Police continue to investigate the fatal crash that occurred on March 8, 2022, on Route 55 and South Cross in the town of Lagrange.

The initial investigation determined that the State Police patrol vehicle, operated by Trooper Christopher Batista, was eastbound on State Route 55 in a non-emergency status.  The Arlington School District bus was northbound on South Cross Road and failed to stop at the stop sign while attempting to enter State Route 55.  The patrol vehicle and bus collided causing the bus to then strike a utility pole.

The bus aide, Robin P. Alvarez, age 59, of East Fishkill, NY, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The investigation determined that Alverez was not wearing a seat belt.

This investigation remains ongoing.  Updates will be provided as new information becomes available.

Original release on March 8, 2022

Lagrange, New York - On March 8, 2022, at approximately 3:12 p.m., a State Police patrol vehicle and an Arlington School district bus were involved in a fatal motor vehicle crash on State Route 55 and South Cross Road.

Two adult students were on the bus at the time of the crash and were transported to MidHudson Regional Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The parents of those students have been notified.

An adult aid was pronounced deceased on scene by responding Lagrange Fire Department paramedics.

The bus driver and Trooper were transported to local area hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.

This investigation remains ongoing and updates will be provided as new information becomes available.


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