Head-On MVA on Route 129 with Multiple Injuries
By CFD Reporter 6
September 17, 2017

At 2:00 PM on Sunday afternoon, Croton Fire was alerted to a reported head-on collision on Grand Street near Dailey Drive, with reports of multiple injuries. On the initial assignment were Car 2082 (Assistant Chief Colombo), Engine 118 (Chemical), Engine 119 (Washington) and Rescue 18 (Fire Patrol).

Car 2082 arrived first - just over two minutes later - confirming the head-on collision and notified 60 Control (the Westchester County Fire/EMS Dispatch Center) that he had multiple patients and needed three BLS Ambulances and two ALS units to the scene.

CFD units arrived and began helping the injured - until the arrival of Mutual Aid EMS from Ossining EMS, Cortlandt EMS and the Cortlandt-Peekskill Paramedics - containing spilled fluids from the two vehicles and diverting traffic in the area. Command added Utility 14 to the box to assist with traffic diversion coming into the Village as well.

In total, 5 people were taken to an area trauma center for evaluation of what is believed to be non-life-threatening injuries.

Additional Ambulances from Verplanck and Briarcliff Fire Departments were dispatched, with Verplanck being cancelled enroute and Briarcliff being sent to our Harmon Firehouse to provide coverage for both Croton and Ossining. (The primary Croton Ambulance was on another emergency at the time of this accident, hence why it did not respond to this incident).

Route 129 remained closed for about 90 minutes, at which time the CFD cleared. During this incident the CFD also responded to a Residential Fire Alarm within the Village. A response of nearly two dozen CFD volunteers answered this call.

Units: 2082, 2084 (2nd Call), E118, E119, E120 (2nd Call), R18, U14
Mutual Aid: Ossining EMS 7411, 74A1, 74B1, 36M1 / Cortlandt EMS 88B3 / Cortlandt-Peekskill Medics 3512, 35M2 / Briarcliff FD 2051, 53B2 / Verplanck FD 2491, 83B1 / WCDES EMS 12 / Croton Police / Westchester County Police ESU
Photo courtesy of M. Hambone
Photo courtesy of M. Hambone
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Linda LoPresti September 21, 2017 at 2:38 PM
My family was in the Tahoe of this accident. We were hit head on by a woman who kept apologizing for falling asleep. Some of these roads are very dangerous. She came at us and with the guardrail there we had no where to go. It was very scary. We are so grateful to all the amazing people who stopped and offered help especially the official responders.

Croton Fire Department October 01, 2017 at 2:00 AM
We are also very grateful that no serious injuries occurred to anyone involved. Thank you for your kind words, we hope everyone is doing OK.

Berty Barranco-Feero October 01, 2017 at 5:32 PM
The last thing we would have wanted to do is hurt this family. We pray they make a speedy recovery.
We are grateful to all emergency services personnel who came to our aid.