2013-12-19 / Front Page

Four Seriously Injured In Philipstown Crash

By Eric Gross

Four people were seriously injured in a three-vehicle crash on Route 9 in Philipstown this morning.

EMS personnel responding to the scene near Travis Corners found two victims entrapped and two others ejected onto the highway.

Putnam Commissioner of Emergency Services Adam Stiebeling said two medivac helicopters airlifted two of the victims to the Westchester Medical Center with serious injuries while ambulances transported the other patients to the medical center in Valhalla and to Vassar Brothers Hospital in Poughkeepsie.

Putnam Deputy Emergency Services Coordinator – and Mayor of Cold Spring -- Ralph Falloon, speaking from the scene, said the crash was caused when a female driver lost control of her car and crossed into the oncoming lane of traffic and slammed into two vehicles. Falloon said the highway was coated with black ice at the time.

Fire department personnel from Garrison, Cold Spring, North Highlands and Continental Village assisted with the extrication of the victims while EMS personnel from the Garrison and Philipstown Volunteer Ambulance Corps were also pressed into service along with paramedics from the TransCare Ambulance Service.

The Putnam County Fire Police Response Team assisted at the scene.

State Police and Putnam County Sheriff’s Department personnel also responded with state troopers handling the investigation.

Falloon said Route 9 remains closed from Route 301 south to Route 403 with police advising the closures will remain in effect until 12-noon at the earliest.

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