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Fatal crash as tree falls on truck driving over palisades

An investigation into a fatal and freak accident in Stony Point, New York continues.

Three people were riding in a 2018 Ford F-150 heading north on the Palisades Interstate Parkway near exit 16 and mile marker 29.8 at approximately 2:47 p.m. on Sunday, June 19, 2022 when a “large tree fell off the east shoulder and hit the van,” according to New York State Police based in Haverstraw, New York.

Palisades Interstate Parkway near exit 16 and milepost 29.8 Photo credit: Google (image taken December 2021) via Google Maps (June 2022)

Palisades Interstate Parkway near exit 16 and milepost 29.8 Photo credit: Google (image taken December 2021) via Google Maps (June 2022)

The family members were all from Chester, New York. The driver, Vincent A. Apostolico, 20, was taken to Hacksensack University Medical Center in New Jersey for treatment. He was last listed in critical condition. A passenger, 17-year-old Elizabeth M. Apostolico, was taken to Westchester Medical Center for treatment of leg injuries. Another passenger, identified as Anthony Apostolico, 48, died at the scene.

Witnesses or anyone with dash cam footage who was in the area at the time are urged to call police.

Multiple emergency responders, in addition to the New York State Police, responded to the scene, including New York State Park Police, Stony Point Fire Department, Town of Highland EMS, Rockland County EMS and Hatzolah EMS.

No other vehicles are believed to have been involved in the crash. Authorities have not yet reported whether wind, weather, the age of the tree or other factors contributed to the fall of the tree.

[AUTHOR’S NOTE:   This post is for informational purposes and is based largely on information received from the New York State Police.  At the time of this posting no additional information is available.]

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