THOUGH THIS IS MY MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT BLOG . I NEED TO POST THIS HERE , BECAUSE THIS IS PART OF MY LIFE NOW,MY PHOTOS GOT THE FRONT PAGE AND SPREAD(WHICH I HAVE NOT SEEN YET) IN THE DAILY NEWS , AND ON THEIR WEBSITE … AS WELL AS , THE TIMES HERALD RECORD STORY & GALLERY AND AN ARTICLE ON ME , ALSO THE SENTINAL USED A PICTURE , AND THE CORNWALL ON THE HUDSON HAS ALSO USED MY STORY BUT THE WOODBURY GAZETTE HAS THIS STORY AND A GALLERY OF MOST OF THE SAME PICS .SO IF THIS IS SLOW LOADING BECAUSE OF TRAFFIC . HEAD OVER THERE …. AFTER KICKING THIS AROUND IN MY HEAD FOR A FEW DAYS I CAME UP WITH MY OWN ARTICLE TO RELEASE THE DAYS OF TENSION I AM FEELING AS I AM SURE EVERYONE INVOLVED IS FEELING…I SENT IT TO A FEW NEWS OUT LETS MAYBE SOME ONE WILL PICK IT UP… I AM ALSO MAKING A YOU TUBE VIDEO SOON also if any one involved would want a picture feel free to contact me . by email . ” HERO’S OF THE HUDSON VALLEY”
A beautiful day ended with a tragic accident that occurred on Saturday, September 18th at appproximately 3:00 in the afternoon on Interstate Highway 87 northbound between Woodbury and Newburgh. A van carrying 14 passengers flipped over, killing 6 and leaving others severely injured. The survivors were flown to Westcheter Medical Center and some were taken to Good Samaritan and Saint Francis Hospitals. With close to a hundred policemen, firemen, EMS and resuce workers, as well as bystanders who helped out, all worked valiantly to take control of an otherwise chaotic scene. Some of the first responders were from the local Woodbury, Monroe, Cornwall, Central Valley and New Windsor vicinities. When I finally arrived after a half-mile run through the woods which started on Route 32 near the winery, I witnessed a chaotic scene that words can’t describe.
As I walked around the scene photographing the carnage and trying not to look at the grim scene before me, I began to focus more on the actions of the rescuers and what they were doing to save lives, rather than why they were doing it. That’s what helped me get over what I was actually photographing. I used them as a diversion to help me get over what I was doing. It was the combined efforts of everyone, including the veterans, that gave strength to the others and helped them get the job done before the stark reality sank in as to what had happened. As the helicopters started to take off and the ambulances left with the victims, the scene was now scattered with rescue workers. Some of the younger rescue workers were traumatized, tired, and bewildered because of what they had witnessed, but they along with the veterans played a vital role in bringing the chaos to a closing. These are the young men and women that the community should be thanking and that young people should look to as everyday heros.
Once the scene cleared, there were sad reminders scattered on the highway of what everyone had just experienced. One beautiful and touching moment for me was watching as the rescue workers carefully began to pick up the pictures and personal belongings with such reverence for these people who were following God and who are now with God. “God bless them, their families, loved ones, and everyone who helped them,” I thought to myself as I walked down the thruway and back into the woods….
I TOOK OUT THE PICTURES AND ADDED THIS VIDEO I WAS ABLE TO FIND SOME OF THE RADIO CALLS FROM THAT DAY.