Serious Crash Closes Route 9 in Philipstown
A head-on crash along Route 9 south of Route 301 Thursday closed the artery for six hours while emergency responders worked to clean up a 100 gallon spill of diesel fuel.
The crash took place at 10:45 am when a 1997 Chevy driven by Richard Turner, 48, of Cold Spring reportedly crossed into the oncoming lane of traffic and plowed head on into an 18-wheeler operated by Milton Albarratin of Peekskill.
Putnam County Sheriff's Department Captain William McNamara said the force of the collision crushed the front of the Chevrolet pinning Turner inside. Firefighters from the North Highlands Fire Department used the Jaws of Life to extricate the victim who was taken by ambulance to a makeshift helicopter landing pad at the intersection of Routes 9 and 301.
State Police medivac chopper landed a short time later and transported Turner to the Westchester Medical Center where he was admitted suffering from broken legs and a fractured pelvis. Police said the truck driver was unhurt.
McNamara said the truck's saddle fuel tanks were ruptured by the force of the collision allowing the diesel to pour onto the highway necessitating the closing of the road in both directions for six hours.
Members of the Putnam County Hazardous Materials Team responded from Carmel to assist the North Highlands Fire Department and Philipstown Volunteer Ambulance Corps. Also assisting were members of the New York State DEC Police, New York City DEP Police, Cold Spring Police and North Highlands and Cold Spring Fire Police.