Driver stops for turkey, sparks 4-car crash

March 23, 2013 9:47:31 AM PDT
A New York driver who stopped for a turkey crossing the road inadvertently triggered a four-car crash that injured five people.

The Times Herald-Record of Middletown reports ( ) that the accident happened around 12:30 p.m. Friday in Wawarsing in Ulster County.

The sheriff's office tells the newspaper that 71-year-old Roberta Decker had stopped her Toyota to allow a turkey to cross when she was struck from behind by a minivan.

Decker's car was pushed into the opposite lane of traffic and hit a Ford. Authorities say Decker's car then spun around and hit a Volkswagen.

The driver of the Ford was airlifted to Westchester Medical Center to be treated for head injuries.

Four other people were hospitalized for treatment of injuries. They included Decker and a passenger in her car.