Car believed to be speeding on Route 32 in Ulster before crashing into pole and catching fire, Sheriff's Office says
TOWN OF ULSTER, N.Y. — A car that crashed into a pole on state Route 32 and burst into flames, injuring three people, is believed to have "passed other vehicles just before the accident at a high rate of speed," the Ulster County Sherriff's Office said Friday.
The Sheriff's Office said in a press release that its investigation and witness accounts point to the northbound car crossing the double-yellow line on Route 32, near Rockwell Lane, before going off the road, striking a telephone pole and catching fire about 2:30 p.m. Thursday.
The driver, a 30-year-old Kingston man, and two male passengers were pulled from the “fully engulfed” vehicle by deputies and bystanders, the Sheriff's Office said.
Photos from the scene show the car ablaze after the crash and a plume of black smoke rising from it as Bloomington firefighters battle the flames.
All three occupants of the car, who have not been identified, were taken to hospitals for treatment of minor to moderate injuries that were not considered life-threatening, the press release stated.
The Sheriff's Office said it had not "yet" filed any charges or issued any tickets but that the investigation remained open.
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Car believed to be speeding on Route 32 in Ulster before crashing into pole and catching fire, Sheriff's Office says TOWN OF ULSTER, N.Y. — A car that crashed into a pole on state Route 32 and burst into flames, injuring three people, is believed to have "passed other vehicles just before the accident at a high rate of speed," the Ulster County Sherriff's Office said Friday.The Sheriff's Office said in a press release that its investigation and witness accou...
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Chief Fred Harries 173
FF Joe Hafner Sr. 146
Asst. Chief Joe Hafner Jr. 128
Lt, Ray Stegner 98
Asst. Chief Ernie Navarra 95
FF Joshua Hintz 94
Past Chief Kevin Keller 69
FF Dan Wood 65
FF Paul Hintz 63
Lt. Doug Tierney 62
Chief : Joe Hafner Jr.
Asst. Chief: Mike Schabot
Asst. Chief: Ernie Navarra
Asst. Chief: Will Stokes
Capt: Brian Phillips
Capt: Alan Brown
Lt: Douglas Tierney
Lt: John Lane
Lt: Joe Hafner III
Lt: Ray Stegner
Lt: Joe Stokes
EMS Lt: Patty Vincent
Fire Police Capt: Roger Peck
President: Mike Schabot
Vice President: Brian Phillips
Secretary: Joe Hafner Sr.
Treasurer: Kevin Keller
Directors: Mike Hines
Chaplain: Rev. Nick Miles
Chief: Joe Hafner Jr.
Members should be reminded that invitations to our annual dinner will be given out based on participation at department calls, training, meetings and activities in an attempt to keep the cost of this event down.
The Bloomington Fire Department takes great pride in trying to operate within a budget that we feel provides the residents of the fire district with the best protection for the lowest cost to our community. During the course of each year we run several fund raisers which supplement our budget and help us get through the year. In the event that anyone would like to make a donation to us, or in memory of a friend or loved one, please feel free to mail your donation to: Bloomington Fire Department, PO Box 111, Bloomington, NY 12411.
All members are urged to use the I AM RESPONDING PROGRAM to notify the department that they are on their way to calls.
We mourn the loss of Past Ladies Auxiliary President Judith Hines. Judy is the wife of Director and Life Member Mike Hines. Arrangements and orders to follow.
President Deb Tierney
Vice President Rita Schabot
Secretary Lori Woolsey
Treasurer Sue Peck
All members should be aware that effective January 2017 there are new requirements to maintain an active membership classification. All members are required to attend at least three (3) regular general business meetings, attend all mandatory training and respond to at least ten (10) percent of the yearly alarms. One who does not meet these minimum requirements will be reclassified as INACTIVE. Once reclassified as INACTIVE the member will be required to return all department issued equipment to their respective stations and will not be permitted to respond to alarms or have a vote at any meetings. The INACTIVE classification will be in effect for a minimum period of three (3) months and the INACTIVE member may request to be returned to an ACTIVE classification by a written request to the department after the 3 month period has been completed.
In an effort to protect our members as well as the public and to try to limit exposure to COVID-19 the Bloomington Fire District has imposed a ban on any non-members utilizing or entering either the Bloomington or Binnewater Stations. This includes any meetings or rentals by outside groups or members of the department utilizing the hall or station other than regular district business. We are sorry for any inconvenience and hope to lift this ban as soon as is practical.