Truck carrying cold O2 blocks Route 9G

CLERMONT—Columbia County 911 dispatched sheriff’s deputies to a tractor trailer property damage accident at the intersection of Jug Road and State Route 9G, July 24 at 9:40 a.m.

A tractor trailer hauling liquid oxygen, operated by William Martin of Waterford, CT, was headed south on State Route 9G when the driver attempted to turn west onto Jug Road. While making the turn, the rear tires of the trailer went off the road shoulder into a drainage ditch, causing the tractor trailer to tilt and become struck blocking the intersection of Route 9G and Jug Road, according to a press release from Columbia County Sheriff David P. Bartlett.

The tractor trailer belonged to Cryogenic Transportation LLC, of Linsdale, PA.

State Route 9G was closed for about an hour as the trailer was lifted back onto the road by Dawson’s Towing of Watervliet.

An investigation into the accident by the Sheriff’s Office is ongoing and includes a Department of Transportation inspection.

Fire companies from Clermont, Germantown and Tivoli; Northern Dutchess Paramedics; the Columbia County Fire Coordinators Office; Columbia County Emergency Management; state DOT; the Clermont Highway Department; state Office of Fire Prevention and Control Hazardous Materials Unit; National Grid; state Department of Environmental Conservation and the State Police were all on the scene.

Investigating for the Sheriff’s Office are the sheriff, Undersheriff John Davi, Captain John DeRocha, Deputies David Garvey, Heath Benansky and Paul Comesanas.


Robert J. Mazzacone, 38, of Copake was charged with second degree criminal contempt, a class A misdemeanor, by Deputies Peter Merante and Thomas Merante, July 17 at 4:45 p.m.

Mr. Mazzacone allegedly violated an order of protection for a victim who lives in Hillsdale. He was arraigned in Copake Court and sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $250 bail. He will appear in Hillsdale Court August 20.


The following face drug- and/or alcohol-related charges:

Matthew K. Charpentier, 24, of Tyringham, MA, was charged with driving while intoxicated and having a blood alcohol content greater than .08%, both class U misdemeanors; unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, a class A misdemeanor; speeding and failure to keep right, both traffic infractions, by Deputies Ian Boehme and Joseph Bruno, July 12 at 12:40 a.m. Mr. Charpentier is accused of taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent and having an accident on County Route 11 in the Town of Claverack. He was administered field sobriety tests, which he failed. A breathalyzer test yielded a BAC result of .14%. He was issued appearance tickets returnable in Claverack Court at a later date.

Robert McCormick, 44, of Niverville was charged with driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor, by State Police from Livingston, July 21 at 11:15 p.m.

Troopers stopped Mr. McCormick for failing to use a directional signal and a seatbelt violation in Hudson. During an interview, Mr. McCormick displayed indications that he was impaired at the time of the stop. He was issued tickets to appear in City of Hudson Court August 5.

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