Major Jennifer Gottstine
Troop T Commander
Newburgh, NY – On April 6, 2021, at approximately 3:30 p.m., State Police were dispatched to a serious personal injury accident on I-87, at mile marker 59.8, in the town of Newburgh, Orange County.
A preliminary investigation determined a 2020 Freightliner tractor trailer driven by Michael L. Guerra, 64, of Albrightsville, PA, was traveling southbound when he struck a 1994 Peterbilt tractor trailer operated by Adam S. Tommell, 37, of Voorheesville, NY, directly in the rear of the trailer. The Peterbilt was then pushed forward and struck the rear of a 2018 Ford Explorer, driven by Darrin C. Stark, 52, of Landing, NJ.
Guerra was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Orange County Medical Examiner. No injuries were reported to Tommell, Stark, or the three passengers of the Explorer.
SP Newburgh Troopers were assisted on scene by Troop F CRU (Collision Reconstruction Unit), Troop F CVEU (Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit), Troop F BCI, Orange County Hazard Material, Orange Lake Fire Department, West Point Fire and Emergency Services, Winona Lake Fire Department, and Quality Towing.