Man dies in Ghent car accident


Ghent, NY – Columbia County Sheriff David P. Bartlett reports that Sheriff's Patrols were dispatched by Columbia County 911 at approximately 10:14am this morning to a one vehicle accident on County Route 21B, just north of Shufelt Road in the Town of Ghent.

Deputy Sheriff's found that a 2013 Toyota Sienna, operated by 76 year old Rodney W. Abele of East Greenbush NY, was traveling northbound on County Route 21B and for unknown reasons went off the east shoulder of the roadway striking a tree head on. After the impact, the vehicle went down an embankment where it came to rest.

The operator and sole occupant had to be extricated from the vehicle by Ghent and Chatham Fire Departments. Mr. Abele was pronounced dead at the scene.

The accident is still under investigation by Sheriff's Deputies and Investigators. Coroner Blasl is also assisting with the investigation.

County Route 21B was closed for approximately 2 hours during the investigation.

Chatham Rescue Squad, Ghent Fire Department, and Chatham Fire Department assisted at the scene.

Investigating for the Sheriff’s Office were Sheriff David Bartlett, Undersheriff John Davi, Captain John DeRocha, Lieutenant Wayne Lopez, Investigator Reagan Anderson, Sergeant Brian Molinski, Sergeant Jeffrey Hofstetter, and Deputy Jordan Brahm.

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