Man airlifted after car goes airborne, crashes in creek


Copake, NY – Columbia County Sheriff David P. Bartlett reports that on June 22, 2019 at approximately 7:44pm, Sheriff's Patrols were dispatched by Columbia County 911 for a one vehicle accident on State Route 22, just south of Weed Mine Road in the Town of Copake.

Deputy Sheriff's found that a 2008 Saab, operated by 26 year old Ian Caden of Lee Massachusetts, was traveling northbound on State Route 22 and for unknown reasons, crossed over into the southbound lane and then struck a guard rail on the west side of the road. The vehicle struck several feet of railing before going airborne and landing in the Roe Jan creek where the vehicle came to rest. Mr. Caden was ejected from the vehicle.

The operator and sole occupant of the vehicle was airlifted to Albany Medical Center by Lifenet 71 for back, spine, and head injuries.

The accident is still being investigated by Sheriff’s Deputies and Investigators.

Chatham Rescue Squad, Copake Fire Company, and Ancram Fire Company assisted at the scene.

Investigating for the Sheriff’s Office are Senior Investigator William Foster, Investigator Reagan Anderson, Sergeant Jeffrey Hofstetter, Deputy Peter Merante, and Deputy Timothy Gladwin.

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