2012-07-19 / Front Page

60 passengers safely evacuated following I-684 bus crash

Traffic snarled in Putnam, Westchester
Eric Gross

Sixty passengers traveling from Manhattan to Boston on a commercial double-decker bus experienced the scare of their lives Friday afternoon when the Megabus struck a car on I-684 about one mile south of the Interstate 84 interchange in Southeast, struck a guiderail and became mired in muck before coming to rest precariously on a 45 degree angle.

The Putnam 9-1-1 Dispatch Center summoned State Police and emergency services personnel from the Brewster Fire Department.

Dispatcher Robyn Tricinelli said the Brewster FD was on a previous call on I-84 when the bus crash was reported around 2 p.m. "Crews arrived within minutes," she said.

A call went out for mutual aid and the Croton Falls FD sent men and equipment to the scene along with paramedics from the Trans Care Ambulance Company.

After stabilizing the coach, rescue workers used ladders to extricate passengers through upper floor windows as well as the windshield due to the fact that the bus' door was unable to be opened.

Miraculously, no one was injured.

The crash snarled Friday afternoon traffic throughout Putnam County as well as northern Westchester with vehicles backed up for 16 miles along I-684. Local roads were also affected by the massive traffic tie-ups.

Kim Tkacz of Patterson said it took her almost two hours to travel from Sleepy Hollow—a trip that normally takes 45 minutes.

 

 

 

 

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