Winter weather finally hits
Four troop cars sustained varying amounts of damage and one trooper wound up in the hospital following a series of crashes along the interstate near Exit 19 in Southeast during the height of the season's first substantial snow of the year.
Sgt. Ted Daley of the Brewster State Police said the carnage began around 10:30 am when Trooper Lisa Strauss was investigating a property damage crash. The sergeant said the troop car's lights had been activated and while the young trooper was completing the accident report seated in her vehicle parked along the shoulder of the highway, an 18-wheeler came along, skidded out of control and plowed into the rear of the police vehicle.
Trooper Strauss radioed for assistance and troopers from Brewster, Somers, East Fishkill and Troop K headquarters in Millbrook rushed to the scene along with EMS personnel from the Brewster and Putnam Lake Fire Departments.
Strauss was taken to Putnam Hospital Center and according to Sgt. Daley was treated in the emergency room and was later released.
Daley said as police were investigating the crash another truck came along, jacknifed and slid out of control before slamming into three other state police cruisers forcing troopers to shut down the interstate from Exit 19 to the Putnam-Danbury state line.
A dispatcher at the Putnam 911 Center in Carmel described the scene as a "demolition derby."
Daley said no other injuries were reported at the I-84 crash although the damaged cars were taken out of service.