2012-01-19 / Front Page

Ice Wreaks Havoc

By ERIC GROSS

A chilly rain combined with frigid blacktop spelled doom for scores of area motorists and pedestrians Monday.

Light precipitation began falling around 6:30 a.m. and within minutes many area roads turned to sheets of ice, resulting in dozens of skidding crashes.

A Carmel School District-owned bus slid off Gipsy Trail Road in Kent and struck a guardrail. The bus sustained no damage but a student on board injured his hand, necessitating medical intervention.

The Putnam 911 Dispatch Center received more than 100 calls for emergencies related to the weather conditions. Ambulances were dispatched to 13 incidents in Carmel, Mahopac, Brewster, Putnam Valley, Putnam Lake and Patterson where individuals fell on the ice and were transported to area hospitals for treatment of bumps, bruises, lacerations and even broken bones.

Schools in Mahopac, North Salem, Lakeland, Putnam Valley, and Yorktown all delayed their opening for two hours due to the icy conditions.

A commuter from Patterson told the Courier that it took her 90 minutes to travel to work at Phelps Memorial Hospital in Sleepy Hollow—a trip that normally takes no more than 40 minutes.

An employee of the Brewster School District said her normal 20-minute trip from Stormville to Southeast took almost an hour.

 
 
 

 

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“The first day of spring is one thing,and the first spring day is another. The difference between them is sometimes as great as a month.” Henry Van Dyke