Farmer Stuart Meisner dies in tractor-truck crash

GREENPORT—A farmer was killed when his tractor was hit by a dump truck at the intersection of State Route 9 and Yates Road, the afternoon of September 19.

Columbia County 911 dispatched State Police from the Livingston barracks to the two-vehicle crash at 2:04 p.m.

An investigation revealed than an International Harvester Farmall 1066 tractor operated by Stuart M. Meisner, 67, of Hudson was attempting to cross State Route 9 in a westerly direction from Yates Road to Church Road. The tractor failed to yield the right of way and was struck by a southbound International Harvester dump truck on State Route 9.

Farmer Stuart Meisner was killed when his tractor was struck by a dump truck last Thursday. The tractor cab can be seen on the right side of the photo. Photo by Lance Wheeler

“The tractor was basically split apart in the collision,” State Police Senior Investigator Eric Barnes told The Columbia Paper. He said the speed of the truck remains under investigation, but that limit at that location is 55 mph.

Mr. Meisner was pronounced dead on the scene.

He was the operator of Meisner’s Farm and Meisner’s Farm Stand in Greenport. A complete obituary appears on Page 25.

The Greenport Rescue Squad took the dump truck operator, Norman R. Stoddard, 72, of Hudson to Columbia Memorial Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

Greenport firefighters, Greenport Police, Sheriff’s deputies, Columbia County Coroner Bernadette Powis, the County Fire Coordinator, the County Hazmat Team and the state Department of Environmental Conservation all responded to the scene.

This investigation remains ongoing. The road was closed for some time. Firefighters were clear from the scene at 6:28 p.m.


A bicyclist was seriously hurt in a bicycle vs. pickup truck accident on Fish and Game Road, near the intersection with Tishauser Road, September 23 at 7:34 a.m.

Columbia County 911 dispatched Sheriff’s deputies to the scene, according to a press release from Columbia County Sheriff David P. Bartlett.

Deputies found that a pickup truck operated by Jerry DePasquale, 44, of Ghent was traveling eastbound on Fish and Game Road when it struck a bicyclist who was also traveling east on Fish and Game Road. The operator of the bicycle, whose identity is being withheld pending notification of his family, was airlifted by Life Net helicopter to Albany Medical Center with life threatening injuries. At this time investigators have ruled out both speed and alcohol as factors in the accident. The cause of the accident is still under investigation and Mr. DePasquale was not ticketed.

The accident is under investigation by Sheriff’s investigators and the Sheriff’s Accident/Incident Investigation Unit. Assisting the Sheriff’s Office at the scene were the Mellenville Fire Company and the Greenport Rescue Squad. Firefighters were back in service at 9:40 a.m.

*A Hudson man on a motorcycle was hurt in a collision with a dump truck at 790 State Route 23, just west of Donnelly Road September 23 at 2:33 p.m.

Columbia County 911 called Sheriff’s deputies to the scene, where they found that a 1988 Mack dump truck, operated by Michael Gables, 28, of Winsted, CT, had been driving west on State Route 23 when it crossed over into the eastbound lane and into the path of a 1973 BMW motorcycle.

The motorcycle, operated by Andreas Papoyans, 26, of Hudson was traveling east on State Route 23 when the dump struck him. The operator of the motorcycle was ejected on impact.

A contributing factor in this accident was that the dump truck had an unsafe flat left front tire, according to a press release.

A motorcyclist was airlifted to the Albany Medical Center after being struck by a dump truck on State Route 23, just west of Donnelly Road in Claverack, September 23 at 2:33 p.m. Photo by Lance Wheeler

Mr. Papoyans complained of injuries to his chest, legs and arms from the crash. He was airlifted by Life Net helicopter to Albany Medical Center. Mr. Papoyans was alone on the motorcycle.

Mr. Gables was not injured from the accident. He was issued a tickets for failure to keep right, unsafe tires, and uninspected motor vehicle. Sheriff’s Office K9 Sergeant Heath Benansky conducted a commercial motor vehicle inspection and additionally, Mr. Gables was issued several tickets under the New York State Transportation Law and will answer the tickets in Claverack Court October 15.

The Greenport Rescue Squad and the Churchtown Fire Department assisted at the scene. Firefighters were back in service at 4:12 p.m.

Investigating for the Sheriff’s Office are Captain John DeRocha, Sergeant Eli Fieser, Investigator Reagan Anderson, and Deputy Timothy Gladwin.


William Fernandez, 49, of Philmont was charged with seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class A misdemeanor, and having a controlled substance in non-original container, a violation, by Deputies Todd Hyson and Ryen Boehme September 3 at 3:50 p.m.

Mr. Fernandez was allegedly in possession of narcotic pills without a prescription when he attempted to pass through the Sheriff’s Office security checkpoint at 325 Columbia Street, Hudson. In addition, deputies found there was a parole warrant out for his arrest.

Mr. Fernandez was arraigned in Hudson City Court and sent to the Columbia County Jail without bail. He was to reappear in court at a later date.


Eric Aikman, 39, of New Haven, CT, was charged on a warrant for second degree criminal contempt, a class A misdemeanor, by K9 Deputy Travis VanAlstyne and Deputy Ryen Boehme September 5 at 6:20 p.m.

Mr. Aikman is accused of violating an order of protection issued by the State of Connecticut by having contact with the protected party. He was arraigned in Claverack Court and released on his own recognizance. He was to appear in Greenport Court at a later date.

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