By Liz Schevtchuk Armstrong
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.