Sunday, May 19, 2019


Two crashes in Mahopac Falls, one involving a school bus

MAHOPAC – Two serious crashes closed heavily traveled roads in the Mahopac Falls area for hours on Friday.

The first mishap occurred at 2:30 p.m. on Baldwin Place Road in front of Mahopac High School when an auto collided with a school bus carrying 24 passengers that had left the school minutes before. Putnam Sheriff’s deputies were on the scene within minutes and took the report; however, the department released no information regarding the crash.

Fire department personnel said the two dozen students and driver were brought to the school nurse’s office for evaluation, treatment if needed, and released to family members. The four occupants of the auto were transported to Putnam Hospital Center.

Several hours later, emergency responders were summoned a second time for a report of a “serious” crash on West Lake Boulevard in Mahopac Falls. Carmel Police Chief Michael Cazzari said a vehicle went out of control, overturned and damaged several properties along the Mahopac lakefront.

The chief said while emergency responders feared the worst when first observing the damage to the vehicle and nearby properties, the lone occupant was found covered in blood standing nearby after extricating himself from the heavily damaged vehicle. He was charged with DWI and was taken to Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla where he was admitted.

Mahopac Falls FD Fire Police handled traffic control in both instances since vehicles were detoured for hours until the accident investigations were completed.


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