Car vs. Building accident
For immediate release:
Car vs. Building
2019 New Hackensack Road; Route 376
On May 26, 2021 the LaGrange Fire District responded to a Car vs. Building, motor vehicle accident at 12:25 hrs. at 2019 New Hackensack Road, Poughkeepsie NY, in the town of LaGrange. The first unit arrived on scene within five (5) minutes requested additional resources, and a mutual aid response. The emergency was an extended operation given the severity, location and integrity of the building. In the request of additional resources, the Building Department and Special Operations – Building Collapse Technical Rescue from both LaGrange and Arlington Fire Districts were to respond directly to the scene.
The building was known as “Community Glass” and has been vacant for a number of years. The emergency involved a pickup truck that impacted the supports for an exterior wall causing it to collapse onto the pickup. The driver and sole occupant, was quickly extricated by emergency crews, stabilized and transported by LaGrange Paramedics to Vassar Brothers Medical Center for additional care and treatment. The emergency operation extended until 16:07 hrs. When the building was properly stabilized to prevent further collapse and the pickup truck was removed from within the structure.
The LaGrange Fire District would like to thank those who assisted for a successful operation. A special thanks to the Arlington Fire District responding with twenty-one (21) Building Collapse Technical Rescue members and four (4) command staff for support. Additional thanks to New York State Police in aiding to shut down the road and the Dutchess County Department of Transportation, LOOP Bus for supplying a bus for cooling down of operating personnel during the high heat of the day. In total thirty-seven (37) personnel responded between the two (2) Fire Districts to mitigate the emergency. LaGrange at the time of the incident had six (6) personnel on duty with two (2) additional to return, as well as three (3) command staff on scene.
The LaGrange Fire District responded to three (3) additional Motor Vehicle Accidents between the time of 16:42 and 23:55 hrs., three (3) Advanced Life Support transports by LaGrange Fire Paramedics and one (1) Basic Life Support transport by LaGrange Fire EMS. The individuals were brought to local hospitals for further evaluation and care.
For more information contact:
Chief Tim O’Connor
LaGrange Fire District