2012-01-18 / Front Page

Ice wreaks havoc twice this week


For the second consecutive morning, motorists experienced slippery traveling due to chilly temperatures and the after-effects of the weekend snowstorm.

On Monday, a chilly rain combined with frigid blacktop spelled doom for scores of area motorists and pedestrians when roads turned to sheets of ice resulting in dozens of skidding crashes.

A Carmel School District owned bus slid off Gipsy Trail Road in Kent and struck a guardrail. The bus sustained no damage but a student on board injured his hand necessitating medical intervention.

The Putnam 911 Dispatch Center received more than 100 calls for emergencies related to the weather conditions.

Tuesday morning resulted in a similar but less serious scenario when run-off from Monday's rains froze at sunrise, making roads once again extremely treacherous.

In Philipstown, police reported several skidding crashes on Route 9 at Horsemen's Trail while sections of Old Albany Post Road were also extremely slippery, resulting in a number of mishaps.

Route 301 in western Kent became an ice skating rink around 8 o'clock Tuesday resulting in five crashes including one rollover.

On Monday, ambulances were dispatched to 13 incidents in Carmel, Mahopac, Brewster, Putnam Valley, Putnam Lake and Patterson where individuals fell on the ice and were transported to area hospitals for treatment of bumps, bruises, lacerations and even broken bones.

Tuesday's frozen surfaces resulted in four additional calls for ambulances to assist fallen pedestrians in Garrison, Cold Spring, Putnam Valley and Mahopac Falls.



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