Man Killed in Route 9 Traffic Accident late Friday Afternoon

By Liz Schevtchuk Armstrong

One driver was killed and another suffered injuries, though relatively minor, in a head-on collision about 4:30 p.m. Friday (July 23) on Route 9, just north of  the intersection with South Mountain Pass, according to New York State Police. Officers knew the identity of the dead male driver but could not release it because his family had not yet been notified, State Police Investigator John Shaughnessy told Philipstown.Info on the scene about 7:30 p.m. The name of the other driver also was not immediately available.

Emergency personnel cluster around one of the vehicles involved in a fatal traffic accident on Route 9 just north of South Mountain Pass

 Three hours after the incident, the stretch of Route 9 where it occurred continued to be closed. Shaughnessy said the road would probably be opened about 8:15 p.m., after the rest of the wreckage had been cleared. A white station wagon, heavily smashed in on the driver’s side, remained by the side of the road, facing north. Shaughnessy said the vehicle belonged to the driver who survived the accident.
       The Continental Village Fire Department joined the State Police in responding to the accident, along with the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department and a Department of Environmental Conservation police officer, he said. Fire trucks and other emergency vehicles remained on the road, along with at least one large, flatbed wrecker truck approximately three hours after the incident occurred. Shaughnessy said the cause of the accident was under investigation.

Traffic delays as Route 9 is closed.


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  1. Other fire departments in addition to Continental Village were involved in this incident, including Garrison FD and Peekskill FD. Their services were utilized for traffic control and they were on the scene the full length of the incident.

    Peekskill Ambulance had two ambulances respond at the same time as the State Police and Continental Village FD, and Garrison Ambulance was dispatched as well.

    In addition, the Cortlandt Paramedics were there and one of them rode with an ambulance to the hospital because the patient was injured severely enough to require Advanced Life Support (ALS) en route.

    The Putnam Medic One was dispatched at the same time as the Garrison Ambulance in case additional ALS services were needed.

    Local news reporters are urged to include this sort of information in their stories. These are almost all volunteers who were handling this incident while their families were eating dinner and such.

    Other useful information, if the reporter can get it from a satisfactory source, would include information about seat belt usage. In this incident, the driver who died was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown from his vehicle, which in turn landed on top of him. The passenger in his vehicle WAS wearing a seat belt and walked away from the accident uninjured.