Driver seriously hurt in crash with garbage truck

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A female driver had surgery and is listed in stable condition Tuesday following a West Nyack car accident.

Police say sun glare may be to blame for the accident. They say 47-year-old Robbin Eckhart, an officer with the Salvation Army, drove into the path of a garbage truck as it was pulling into the Salvation Army on West Nyack Road just before 7 a.m. Eckhart's vehicle was flattened in the crash. The truck rammed into a guardrail.

"We surmise that it was probably the glare of the sun that early in the morning that she didn't see the garbage truck traveling westbound," Clarkstown Police Sgt. Harry Baumann says.

Eckhart was pinned in her car for almost 30 minutes and had to be cut out of the vehicle. She was taken to Nyack Hospital with internal injuries. Her legs may also be broken.

Clarkstown police say the garbage truck will be impounded and undergo safety tests to ensure that mechanical failure was not the cause of the accident. The driver of the truck, 46-year-old Robert Nash, was not injured.

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