Motorcycle driver dies after crash with dump truck

Officials on the scene of a fatal motorcycle accident in Claverack, June 12. Photo by Lance Wheeler

CLAVERACK—A Dutchess County man was killed in a motorcycle versus truck accident in the area of 5988 Route 9H/23, June 12 at 11:28 a.m.

State Police from Livingston are investigating the head-on crash just north of the intersection of County Route 27 and 9H/23. An initial investigation revealed that Alan S. Flynn, 63, of Hopewell Junction was operating a 2018 Harley Davidson motorcycle northbound on State Route 9H near Schoolhouse Road, when for unknown reasons he was unable to negotiate a curve in the roadway.

Mr. Flynn on his motorcycle, crossed the center line, entered the southbound lane and struck a 2006 Mack dump truck. An observer on the scene said the truck was from Schenectady.

Mr. Flynn died on the scene. The truck driver, who was not identified by police was not hurt.

Columbia 911 summoned Claverack firefighters, Greenport Rescue, and Coroner Bernadette Powis to the scene.

Firefighters were back in service at 1:25 p.m.


Two men escaped injury when the small airplane they were in crashed in the woods near the Kline Kill Airport, 1771 County Route 21, June 13 at 9:58 a.m.

At 10:01 a.m., Columbia County 911 dispatched Sheriff’s deputies to the Kline Kill Airport for a reported airplane crash. A nearby resident, who heard the crash was the initial caller to 911. The Kline Kill Airport is privately-owned, and has a grass runway.

An airplane crashed into the woods just off the runway at the Kline Kill Airport, Ghent, June 13. No one was hurt. Photo contributed

Sergeant Heath Benansky arrived on scene, and found the airplane, which had crashed into the wooded area along the side of the runway. The plane, a 2011 Waco Classic fixed-wing, single-engine aircraft, was piloted by Stephen Clearman, 69, of Ghent,who owns the plane. He had one passenger, a 73-year-old Ghent man, according to a press release from Columbia County Sheriff David P. Bartlett.

Preliminary investigation revealed that Mr. Clearman was attempting to take-off when the left wing of the airplane clipped a tree alongside of the runway. This caused the plane to spin around, and crash into several small trees, before coming to rest in the wooded area. Mr. Clearman and his passenger, who was not identified by the sheriff, were not hurt in the crash.

The Federal Aviation Administration was contacted and will be sending representatives to the crash site for further investigation and inspection of the airplane.

Members of the Sheriff’s Office on scene investigating this crash along with Sgt. Benansky were Undersheriff John Davi, Lieutenant Louis Bray, Investigator K.C. Bauhoff, Deputy Steven Rose and Deputy Ryen Boehme. The Ghent Fire Department also assisted at the scene and was back in service at 10:55 a.m.


A personal injury automobile accident on State Route 9 resulted in the arrest of Paul T. Silvernail Jr, 35, of Stockport, June 3 at 8:49 a.m.

Mr. Silvernail was charged with operating a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs–first offense, a class U misdemeanor; first degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a class E felony; and multiple Vehicle and Traffic Law infractions: failure to keep right, driving left of pavement markings, operating a motor vehicle with improper plates, failure to display plates, unregistered motor vehicle, uninspected motor vehicle, and uninsured motor vehicle. Mr. Silvernail was issued tickets returnable in Stockport Court at a later date. The accident and arrest were handled by Deputy Thomas Merante, Jr., with the assistance of Deputies Ryen Boehme and Kayla Beaumont.

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Rideout retires, Barnes becomes chief. Chief Paul Rideout retired as chief of the Chatham Fire Department after a record six years. A chief usually serves two years. The chief post is being assumed by First Assistant Chief Eric Barnes, while Second Assistant Chief (and past chief) Paul Pratt moves up to first assistant chief. Chief Rideout remains with the department as second assistant chief. Pictured is Chatham Village Mayor (and past chief) John Howe recounting some of Chief Rideout’s many accomplishments during a swearing-in ceremony held at the Tracy Memorial, June 9. (L-r) are: Chief Rideout, Chief Pratt, Mayor Howe and Chief Barnes. Photo contributed

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