testing 123 july 2013

Trooper dies from injuries suffered during plane rescue

Updated 10:24 am, Thursday, July 25, 2013

WAWAYANDA – A state trooper who was badly injured on equipment at the scene of a May plane crash but still stayed to help rescue the mortally injured pilots died Wednesday from his injuries, State Police said.

Trooper Winston I. Martindale, Jr. of Troop F in New Hampton, suffered internal bleeding in his abdomen when he fell on a piece of equipment at the scene but struggled with heavy wreckage to help victims who were injured when two small planes collided in this town just south west of Middletown, troopers said. Both pilots died.

Despite his injuries, Martindale remained at the scene of the May 6 crash for six hours.

State Police said Martindale underwent several serious medical procedures to overcome his injuries and subsequent complications. But the 40-year-old died following surgery at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York.

Martindale was a 7-year veteran of the State Police and a member of the Army Reserve who served in the war in Afghanistan.

He is survived by his wife, Michelle, 19-year-old son, Kyle, 15-year-old daughter, Moriah, his parents, Barbara and Winston, Sr., his sister, Camille, and his brother, Owen.

Funeral arrangements will follow.

According to the Associated Press, authorities say the planes, both single-engine Pipers, collided afternoon about 15 minutes after departing Orange County Airport en route to Sussex, N.J.

The two pilots were the only ones on board the planes.

The planes crashed about 200 yards apart on muddy ground. Emergency crewsused all-terrain vehicles to reach the wreckages.