Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Four people died Monday in separate state roadway accidents in Oklahoma





Four people dead in three state crashes, Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports
FROM STAFF REPORTS 







 Updated: August 22, 2017 11:33 AM CDT
 




Four people died Monday in separate state roadway accidents, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports.

Dorris Steele, 63, of Holdenville.

Steele died about 10:05 p.m. Monday on Interstate 40 about 7.4 miles northwest of Cromwell in Seminole County, the patrol reports. She was dead at the scene.

Steele was stopped in an SUV in the roadway across both lanes when a car driven by Teresa Leach, 47, of Tulsa hit the SUV on the driver's side. A pickup driven by James Akin, 72, of Moore, also hit the SUV. Steele was not wearing a seat belt and she was ejected.

Leach was treated and released at an Okemah hospital. Akin and a passenger, Dana Akin, 66, of Moore, were not injured.

Jeffrey Jacobs, 58, of McAlester.

Jacobs was dead about 4:40 p.m. Monday at the scene on Blue Creek Road just west of State Highway 31 about 13 miles northeast of Krebs, the patrol reports.

Jacobs drove a pickup off the roadway and hit a boulder. He was not wearing a seat belt.

Tammie Renee Swearingen, 44, of Tuskahoma.

Carly Dawn Hunter, 19, of Fort Towson.
 


Carly Dawn Hunter

Swearingen and Hunter were dead Monday at the scene of a collision on U.S. 271 about 2.2 miles northeast of Clayton in Pushmataha County.

Swearingen was driving a sport utility vehicle south on U.S. 271 about 8:20 a.m. Monday when she was struck by a car driven north by Hunter. Hunter drove off the right side of the roadway, then swerved back across the center line and struck the SUV driven by Swearingen, the patrol reports.

Seat belts were not in use by Swearingen. The patrol did not report whether Hunter wore a seat belt.

SEVERAL PEOPLE KILLED IN ATV CRASHES IN IDAHO; NEAL JENKINS AND ELAINE JENKINS KILLED AFTER THEY WERE STRUCK BY BOAT ON THE RIRIE RESERVOIR, EAST OF IDAHO FALLS









Boating accident kills husband and wife, while multiple people die in ATV wrecks

 
A husband and wife were killed and a third person was injured in a boating accident on Monday afternoon on the Ririe Reservoir in Bonneville County.


A husband and wife died and another person was injured in an East Idaho boating accident on Monday, while multiple people have died in ATV wrecks across the region over the past few days.


The boating accident occurred on Monday afternoon at Blacktail Park on the Ririe Reservoir, which is located east of Idaho Falls.


According to the Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office, 63-year-old Idaho Falls resident Mike Kingston was operating a boat on the reservoir with two passengers, 68-year-old Neal Jenkins and 65-year-old Elaine Jenkins, both of Centerville, Utah.

The sheriff’s office said that while completing a turn in the water, all three individuals were ejected from the vessel. They were then injured after being struck by the unoccupied boat as it turned in circles around them.


Once the unoccupied vessel stopped, other boaters in the area pulled Kingston and Neal and Elaine Jenkins out of the water and began life-saving efforts.


Emergency personnel arrived at approximately 3:15 p.m. Elaine Jenkins was pronounced dead at the scene, while Neal Jenkins was transported by Idaho Falls Ambulance to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center, where he succumbed to his injuries later on Monday.


Kingston was transported by Air Idaho Rescue helicopter to EIRMC, where he is still being treated.


The incident is under investigation by the Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office. Anyone who witnessed the boating accident is asked to contact Deputy Mike Vasquez through dispatch at 208-529-1200.


In a press release issued on Tuesday morning, the sheriff’s office thanked the witnesses and bystanders for their quick response in pulling the victims from the water and initiating life-saving efforts.


In a separate incident a few hours earlier, a Washington woman was killed in an ATV accident at the west end of the St. Anthony Sand Dunes.


According to the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office, Allen Connelly and 58-year-old Kimberley Bailey, both of Vancouver, Washington, were ejected from a Polaris RZR 800 after the vehicle rolled several times.


Connelly, was who driving the ATV, was transported to Madison Memorial Hospital in Rexburg by Saint Anthony ambulance. However, life-saving efforts to revive Bailey, the passenger on the ATV, were unsuccessful.


In a separate incident near the Idaho/Wyoming border, a Texas man visiting the area to watch the total solar eclipse died in an ATV crash.


According to Teton County sheriff’s Sgt. Todd Stanyon, 30-year-old John Benson Mione and a friend were riding about a mile and a half east of the Idaho/Wyoming border on Sunday when their ATV got stuck.


Stanyon said Mione stepped behind the ATV to keep it from rolling down a hill, but it tipped and the roll bar struck and pinned him.


The friend attempted life-saving procedures, but Mione was pronounced dead at the scene.


According to the Associated Press, Stanyon called the death “one of those scary, freak accidents.”


In a separate incident on Saturday, a 33-year-old man died when he drove a four-wheeler off a 15-foot drop-off in northern Utah.


The incident occurred at around noon in Logan Canyon’s Franklin Basin area about 4 miles off U.S. Highway 89.


According to the Associated Press, bystanders attempted to perform CPR on the ATV’s driver, Cassidy Wakely, of Logan, but emergency crews were unable to revive him and he was pronounced dead at the scene.


Investigators say Wakely was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash but sustained significant internal injuries. Deputies believe that speed was a significant factor in the fatal accident.



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Texas man in Wyoming to watch eclipse dies in ATV crash
The Associated Press


August 22, 2017 8:03 AM
ALTA, Wyo.



Authorities say a Texas man has died in an ATV crash while in Wyoming to watch the total solar eclipse.

Teton County sheriff's Sgt. Todd Stanyon called the death "one of those scary, freak accidents."

The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports (http://bit.ly/2wuHXuD ) 30-year-old John Benson Mione died on Sunday while trying to keep the vehicle from rolling away after it became stuck.

Stanyon says Mione and a friend were riding about a mile and a half east of the Idaho border when the ATV got stuck. He says Mione stepped behind the ATV to keep it from rolling down hill, but it tipped and the roll bar struck and pinned him.

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Centerville couple killed in boating accident at Idaho reservoir

By Gephardt Daily Staff - August 22, 2017

 
Neal and Elaine Jenkins. Photo: Facebook

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho, Aug. 22, 2017 (Gephardt Daily) — A couple from Centerville died Monday afternoon after they were ejected then hit by the boat they were riding in near Blacktail Park at Ririe Reservoir in Idaho.

At about 3:15 p.m., emergency crews responded to the reservoir, which is approximately 28 miles northeast of Idaho Falls, according to the Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office.


Elaine Jenkins, 65, and her husband, Neal Jenkins, 68, died from injuries suffered in the crash, the sheriff’s officials said. The boat was being operated by Mike Kingston, 63, of Idaho Falls.

All three individuals were ejected while completing a turn on the water, then struck by the boat. People in two additional boats pulled the victims out of the water and gave them CPR until medical teams arrived, officials said.

Elaine Jenkins was pronounced dead at the scene. Neal Jenkins was transported to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center by ambulance but died at the hospital later Monday.

Kingston was transported to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center by medical helicopter with serious injuries.

The incident remains under investigation.

Subcontractor Douglas Pugsley Mescher, 28, was killed when he was crushed by a heavy piece of equipment at Walther Engineering and Manufacturing Company in Franklin, Ohio






Subcontract worker killed in industrial accident at Franklin vehicle parts maker


Tuesday, August 22, 2017
By: Breaking News Staff, Kara Driscoll


Franklin industrial accident



UPDATE @ 4:30 p.m.:

Douglas Mescher has been identified as the subcontractor killed when he was crushed by a heavy piece of equipment at Walther Engineering and Manufacturing Company in Franklin, a Warren County Coroner’s Office investigator said.

The body of the 28-year-old Lebanon resident has been removed to the coroner’s office. The investigator said Mescher was a subcontract worker at Walther, a maker of vehicle parts.

Officials were called to the business, in the 3500 block of Shotwell Drive, about noon.

A company official with Walther said there would be no comment at this time.


An investigator with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration was on scene as well.

There have been workplace safety violations at Walther in the past. OSHA issued the company several serious violations in 2010, according to records obtained by this news organization.  


The company was issued nine penalties related to how employees were handling materials and general requirements for all machines. 



Here is some info on the dead worker from his Facebook pages:


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INITIAL REPORT

A man has died after a heavy piece of equipment fell on him at a Franklin business this afternoon, the Warren County Coroner’s Office said.

Crews were on the scene of the accident at Walther EMC in the 3500 block of Shotwell Drive around 4 p.m.

Walther EMC is a business that manufactures parts for vehicles.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration also was on the scene investigating the circumstances of the accident.

Mackenzie Paige Hays, 23, of Hazard, KY killed after Alyssa Noble, 38, lost control of her car, hit a utility pole and two women who were watching the eclipse.




Mackenzie Paige Hays

Medical Assistant at Primary Care Centers of Eastern Kentucky
Hazard, Kentucky
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HYDEN, Ky. (WYMT) - A woman is dead and two people are injured after a car crashed into people in downtown Hyden Monday.
 
According to Kentucky State Police, Alyssa Noble, 38, was driving south on Main Street when she crossed the center line, hit a utility pole and crashed into two women.

Mackenzie Paige Hays, 23, of Hazard, was pronounced dead at the scene. Rhonda Belcher,41, was flown to the University of Kentucky Medical Center.

Officials first told WYMT bystanders said the two women were watching the eclipse but now that is unclear.

We are told Hays and Belcher worked for Primary Care Centers of Eastern Kentucky. CEO Barry Martin released a statement Monday.

"A tragic accident occurred today involving our Primary Care Centers family. Officials are investigating the accident," Martin said. "We are asking that everyone keep all of those involved in your prayers and be respectful of their privacy."

Martin says the Hyden branch of PCCEK is closed for the rest of the week and counseling is available for employees.

Noble was flown to Holston Valley Medical Center.

Police tell WYMT it is unclear if Noble may have been under the influence at the time of the crash.

Kentucky State Police Captain Jennifer Sandlin said the crash is under investigation.

"We drive every single day," said Sandlin. "You know, people are out and about on the sidewalk, working on the roadway...things like that. It's something that's very unexpected."

Many people throughout the community were shocked when they heard about the crash.

"We usually walk to the restaurant where this happened at least one day a week," said Scott Napier. "I just thought this is the last place that you would think an accident like that could happen...at a red light at a curve on Main Street...just total shock."
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1 killed, 2 injured when car crashed into eclipse-watching crowd in Kentucky


LESLIE COUNTY, Ky. —

A woman was killed and two other people were injured Monday afternoon when a car crashed into a crowd watching the eclipse in Leslie County.

Alyssa Noble, 38, was driving on Main Street in Hyden when she lost control of her car, hit a utility pole and two women who were watching the eclipse.

Mackenzie Hays, 23, of Hazard, was pronounced dead at the scene. Rhonda Belcher was flown to the University of Kentucky Medical Center.

Noble was flown to Holston Valley Medical Center.

Kentucky State Police Captain Jennifer Sandlin said the crash is under investigation.



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LESLIE COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) -- One woman is dead after a car crashed into several people watching the eclipse in downtown Hyden, Kentucky.


Dispatch says the crash also injured another woman near Primary Care on Main Street.

Officials say a 38-year-old Alyssa Noble was speeding and crashed into a power pole and flipped the vehicle. A medical helicopter flew Noble to Holsten Valley Hospital.

Police say 23-year-old Mackenzie Hays of Hazard was pronounced dead at the scene after being struck by Noble's vehicle. She was an employee at the Primary Care next to where the accident occurred.

The accident also injured Rhonda Belcher, and a helicopter flew her to the University of Kentucky Medical Center.

Accident reconstruction units are on scene investigating the incident.

State Police believe the victims were watching the eclipse when they were hit by the vehicle.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

A large fire at a Fort Worth, Texas warehouse likely was caused by a jammed machine at a cardboard and styrofoam recycling business












Likely cause of large Fort Worth warehouse fire determined


By Ryan Osborne


August 21, 2017 2:35 PM
FORT WORTH



A large fire at a Fort Worth warehouse last week likely was caused by a jammed machine at a cardboard and styrofoam recycling business, officials determined.

“The investigators don’t have any reason to believe it’s arson,” said Lt. Kyle Falkner, Fire Department spokesman.

Firefighters on Monday afternoon were still monitoring the site in the 2600 block of Ludelle Street, near East Lancaster Avenue and South Beach Street, Falkner said.

The fire started about 12:30 p.m. Friday and burned for about four hours, producing heavy clouds of black smoke that could be seen for miles.

Officials advised nearby residents to stay indoors because of potential toxic fumes, but the Texas Department of Environmental Quality determined that the smoke was not hazardous, Falkner said.

The fire destroyed the recycling business’s section of the warehouse. At one point, the roof collapsed, Falkner said. Officials were still assessing possible damage to other businesses in the warehouse.

One firefighter suffered second-degree burns to the shoulder, which officials characterized as minor injuries. The firefighter was taken to a hospital. No other injuries were reported.




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FORT WORTH, TEXAS- Editor's note: The building destroyed by fire is believed to be a furniture storage facility. This story originally cited a Fort Worth FD report that it was a chemical storage warehouse.

Firefighters were putting out the last of the flames from a massive five-alarm fire at a warehouse in Fort Worth late Friday afternoon.

A furniture storage warehouse on the 2600 block of Ludelle Street near Beach Street and Interstate 30 in eastern Fort Worth caught fire earlier Friday. The fire was deemed under control around 4:30 p.m.

Officials say they believe the fire appears to be accidental.

Nearby residents were told to stay indoors and shelter in place during an hours-long battle with the flames. Over 100 firefighters were at the scene.

The Fort Worth Fire Department wrote on Twitter that it was a “defensive attack,” meaning they were simply trying to save surrounding buildings from the flames.

Arlington and Haltom City fire departments were assisting in fighting the flames.

One firefighter suffered minor burn injuries and was treated at the scene. At least one MedStar unit was called to the scene, though it is unclear if anyone else was injured.

Winds were blowing out of the northwest, meaning people in locations to the southeast of the fire are under the highest threat of smoke. The fire department advised those who live southeast of the fire to remain inside and lock their doors and windows.

A Fort Worth Fire Department spokesman at the scene said the department initially thought the warehouse was a chemical storage facility, but had since discovered it was a furniture storage facility.

The fire may have also involved a cardboard storage facility next door.

"Because of the heavy fire, smoke, and the layout of the building, we're having a hard telling where one business ends and the next one begins," the public information officer said.

Flammable materials near the stove likely caused the fire that killed 68-year-old, Diana McLaren-Osburne in Normal, Illinois. The smoke alarms didn't work




NORMAL, Ill. - Investigators now know the cause of a fire that killed a woman in Normal.

Back on August 6th, firefighters were called to the 1500 block of Hunt Drive.

That's where they found 68-year-old, Diana McLaren-Osburne, unresponsive near the kitchen doorway.

They say flammable materials near the stove likely caused the fire.  

 
The smoke alarms within the affected unit were found to be not functional at the time of the fire.
Officials say the last time someone died in a house fire in Normal was 1991.

Here's what the Normal Fire Department wants you to know:

  • Make sure that smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are functional at all times. Test them monthly, and if they are more than 10 years old, the entire detector should be replaced.
  • At a minimum, there should be at least on smoke alarm on each level of the home, and one inside and outside sleeping rooms. Interconnected smoke alarms provide the best warning, because if one alarm goes off, they all go off.
  • If anyone in the home smokes, ensure that all smoking materials are discarded properly and should be put out in water before disposing of it in the trash. Never smoke in bed or while drowsy.
  • Make sure there are two ways out of every room used for sleeping and that everyone in the house goes to one meeting place outside if there is a fire. When firefighters arrive, let them know if anyone is missing.
  • Never go back into a burning building for any reason. Get out and stay out!


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NORMAL, IL — The McLean County Coroner's office on Monday identified the woman killed in an early Sunday morning fire in Normal.

Coroner Kathy Davis said the woman is Diana McLaren-Osburne, 68.

Preliminary autopsy findings indicate she died from probable carbon monoxide intoxication due to inhaling smoke and soot caused by the fire that was reported just after midnight, said Davis.

Toxicology results are pending.

The cause of the blaze at 1538 Hunt Drive that heavily damaged McLaren-Osburne's condominium unit remains under investigation by the coroner's office and the Normal Fire Department.

"The investigators are still working their way through and certainly want to be as thorough as possible," said Normal Fire Department spokesman Matt Swaney. "We just don't have anything new to report as of yet."

A damage estimate has not been released. Signs were posted on three neighboring units that the building was unsafe for living. The Red Cross is assisting those who were displaced.

Checker Cab in Bloomington has been designated as a drop-off point to help assist those who lost belongings in the fire.

The fire was reported by neighbors, who saw smoke. Residents of the other units in the four-unit, two-story building were able to get out.

As firefighters entered the building, they discovered heavy smoke and fire inside one of the units where they found McLaren-Osburne unresponsive on the kitchen floor.

"Despite all efforts of the firefighters and the paramedics, the victim was unable to be resuscitated and was pronounced dead at the scene," NFD said on Sunday. She was pronounced dead at 1:09 a.m.

After the victim was removed from the condo, the roof collapsed, said NFD, and firefighters were forced to fight the fire from the outside. The blaze took about 1 hour, 15 minutes to bring under control, said the department.

Firefighters were able to rescue a dog from a second unit and a cat from a third.

The fire appears to have originated in the woman's unit and spread to the roof above it and to the adjacent units. There was heavy fire, smoke and water damage to the first unit and moderate water and smoke damage to two other units.


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Authorities: Smoke alarms non-functional in fatal Normal fire


By Tim Shelley

Updated: Aug 21, 2017 5:36 PM EST

 
NORMAL, Ill. (HOI) -- -

The smoke alarms didn't work in a Normal condominium where a 68-year-old woman died in a fatal fire earlier this month.

The Normal Fire Department said the alarms in Diana McLaren-Osburne's unit in the 1600 block of Hunt Drive did not work when a fire likely ignited on her stove top on August 6. Investigators believe the fire stated on the stove and eventually spread throughout the unit and eventually through the roof.

McLaren-Osburne were declared dead at the scene.

“The tragic loss of a life from a fire is something that every fire department fights so hard to prevent,” said Normal Fire Chief Mick Humer. “We want everyone to do whatever they can to protect their family from the danger of fire in the home.”

The fire marked the first time a Normalite died in a house fire since 1991, when a mobile home fire took the lives of a woman and her five-month-old granddaughter.

The Normal Fire Department said smoke and carbon monoxide alarms should be checked monthly, and replaced if they are more than 10 years old. There should be at least one smoke alarm on every floor of a house. 




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One Dead Following Overnight Fire on Hunt Drive


Normal Fire Department (Normal, IL)·Sunday, August 6, 2017


NORMAL – The Normal Fire Department and Kathy Davis, the McLean County Coroner are releasing the following information in regards to the incident that occurred at 1538 Hunt Drive in Normal, IL early this morning.


Normal Fire Department responded to 1538 Hunt Drive, a four unit, two story condominium building, just after midnight for the report of a possible structure fire. Neighbors reported seeing smoke coming from the building and called 911.
First arriving engine companies initially reported heavy smoke conditions and upgraded the call to a second alarm which requests a Rapid Intervention Team from Bloomington Fire Department and pages in all off-duty Normal Fire personnel. 


As firefighters advanced into the structure to fight the fire, heavy smoke and fire conditions were reported inside Unit C. Firefighters located an unresponsive subject lying on the floor in the kitchen of Unit C and removed them from the structure to receive medical attention. Despite all efforts of the firefighters and the paramedics, the victim was unable to be resuscitated and was pronounced dead at the scene. 

McLean County Coroner’s Office personnel were notified at approximately 12:35 a.m. and responded to the scene. Pronounced deceased at 01:09 a.m. was a 68-year-old female. An autopsy is scheduled for later today, August 6, 2017. No further information is being released by the Coroner’s Office at this time pending notification of family.


Almost immediately after the victim was removed from the building, there was a collapse of the roof structure and firefighters were forced to evacuate the structure and fight the fire defensively from the exterior using hose lines and the aerial ladder truck. Once the fire was brought back under control, firefighters re-entered the structure to continue firefighting operations. The fire took about an hour and fifteen minutes to get completely under control, and firefighters continued overhauling the structure looking for hot spots for about another hour or so after that.


After primary firefighting operations were complete, firefighters were able to rescue one dog from Unit B, and a cat from Unit D. Both were given oxygen treatments at the scene and appeared to have no life threatening injuries. The occupants were advised to follow up with a veterinarian at their earliest convenience. 


The fire appears to have originated in Unit C and spread to the roof above it and to the adjacent units. There was heavy fire, smoke, and water damage to unit C, and moderate water and smoke damage to units B and D. Unit A experienced smoke conditions and likely has damage from water and smoke as well. The entire building was deemed unsafe for anyone to remain following the fire and residents were staying with relatives for the night.


A full damage estimate is not available at this time. Insurance adjusters will be working at the scene later today once the fire investigation is complete.
Firefighters started clearing the scene after 3:30 this morning, but the aerial truck and reserve engine companies remained at the scene to assist the fire investigators as they work to determine the cause of the fire.

Drunks take more lives in Nevada: 2 people killed after a wrong-way driver collided head-on with another car on I-580 in Reno, Nevada



RENO, Nev. (News 4 & Fox 11) — Two people were killed in a head-on crash early Saturday morning in Reno, according to the Nevada Highway Patrol.

The collision happened on Interstate 580 near Mill Street. According to NHP, the driver of the red vehicle was at fault as it was traveling southbound in the northbound lanes.

No other information is available at this time, NHP says. 


Most of the drunk-related crashes occur in the early a.m. hours like this one.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

DRUNKS/DRUGGIES DIE HARD: A wrong-way female driver killed and two other people were critically injured in a wrong-way crash on the Hutchinson River Parkway






SCARSDALE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A woman was killed and two other people were badly hurt in a wrong-way crash on the Hutchinson River Parkway early Sunday.

As CBS2’s Brian Conybeare reported, police said as of last Sunday, it was too early to confirm whether drugs or alcohol were involved.

Following the crash, a mangled, twisted husk was all that was left of the gray sport-utility vehicle that Westchester County police confirmed was headed south in the northbound lanes of the Hutchinson Parkway early Sunday morning.

Police said the woman was driving a Kia Sorrento with a female passenger going the wrong way on the highway near the Weaver Street exit in Scarsdale around 4:30 a.m. when she collided head-on with a Land Rover heading northbound.

Responding units pronounced the driver dead at the scene. The passenger in the Sorrento was undergoing surgery late Sunday and remained in critical condition.

The driver of the Land Rover — a man in his 30’s — is in serious condition with non-life-threatening injuries.

A third vehicle – a black sedan – apparently swerved into the woods to avoid the smashed vehicles. The driver of the sedan was not hurt.

“I heard a horrible crash,” said one Scarsdale resident named Evan. “Within a minute or so after that, I heard a second really loud crash, and then I called 911.”

Evan said he was letting his dog out when he heard the impact. Investigators spent hours scouring the scene for evidence – taking measurements and trying to determine exactly how it happened.

Late Sunday, investigators did not know where the woman got on the parkway going the wrong direction.

There have been multiple wrong-way crashes on Westchester County roads in recent years, leading for some to call for increased signage and other safety improvements.

“Anything they can do to make the roads safer would be a great thing,” Evan said. “It’s a real tragedy what happened here last night.”

The northbound lanes of the Hutchinson River Parkway near Weaver Street in Scarsdale were back open early Sunday evening, after being closed for 11 hours. 


Most of the drunk-related crashes occur in the early a.m. hours, like this one.  Two females driving the wrong way at 4:00 am during the weekend provide plenty of support for the opinion that these two women were completely drunk.

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A driver heading in the wrong direction on the northbound Hutchinson River Parkway was killed in a head-on crash this morning, police said. Two others were injured.

A woman driving a 2014 Kia Sorento with Connecticut plates was driving southbound on the northbound side of the Hutch around 4:30 a.m. when her car crashed into a 2008 Land Rover, county police spokesman Kieran O'Leary said.




The scene from a crash on the Hutchinson Parkway northbound that occurred at 5 a.m. Sunday morning. As of 2 p.m., the road was still closed. (Photo: Carrie Yale/The Journal News)

The driver, who was found dead at the scene, hasn't been identified. A passenger in that vehicle, a woman in her late 30s, was in surgery at Westchester Medical Center as of 9 a.m., O'Leary said. She was listed in critical condition.

The driver of the Land Rover has "serious" injuries but they weren't expected to be life threatening, police said.

A 2012 Mercedes was also involved in the accident and had been driven off the road. It wasn't clear if the car had contact with the other vehicles or had swerved to avoid collision. The driver of the Mercedes, a 57-year-old man, declined medical treatment at the scene, police said.

At 8 a.m., the Kia faced traffic on the right side of the roadway and the Land Rover lay partially on the median in the middle of the parkway. The Mercedes was off the road to the right of the roadway.

Both lanes of the parkway were closed until almost 3 p.m. as Westchester County police investigated. All traffic was being sent off Exit 21.