2012-07-18 / Front Page

Two Youths, Good Samaritans, Seriously Injured in Cold Spring

Freak mishap at Dockside
Eric Gross

Two young men suffered serious injuries Sunday in a freak mishap at the entrance to the former Dockside Harbor Restaurant property in Cold Spring.

Cold Spring Police Department Officer-in-Charge George Kane identified the pair as James Turner, 22, and Brian Cummings, 18 both of Columbia County, Maryland.

According to Kane, the out-of-towners observed a man drop a set of keys along West Street around 2 p.m.

“Acting as Good Samaritans, the men ran after the owner and while attempting to jump over a chain at the north end of West Street, both men tripped when their feet became entangled. They lost their balance and fell head first, landing on the pavement,” said Kane.

Passersby summoned assistance and the Putnam 9-1-1 Dispatch Center in Carmel notified Cold Spring Police as well as the Philipstown Volunteer Ambulance Corps. Paramedics from the TransCare Ambulance Company determined the injuries were severe since, according to Kane, both victims were in a “semi-conscious condition with lacerations and abrasions to their faces and heads.”

A STAT-Flight helicopter landed in a field known as Dockside at the end of West Street and airlifted Turner to the Westchester Medical Center, where he was admitted to ICU. Cummings was taken by Philipstown ambulance to St. Francis Hospital in Poughkeepsie, where he was also admitted in serious condition.

Cold Spring FD personnel under the command of Chief Matt Steltz assisted at the scene by setting up a landing zone for the chopper.

 

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