The Times Herald-Record of Middletown reports (http://bit.ly/Y6jH9x ) 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.