MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Two local teens had to be extricated from the car they were riding in last week when it rolled down an embankment on Washington Road near Route 6 and nearly landed in the West Branch Reservoir.

The call came into first responders just after 1:30 p.m. on Friday (June 29) that a car had gone into the reservoir with the occupants still inside. The Mahopac Falls dive team was dispatched to the scene but was later told to stand down when rescuers discovered the car was not in the water.

Andrew Roberto, second assistant chief for the Mahopac Fire Department, said he was one of the first on the scene and discovered two occupants with minor injuries.
“A minor extrication was required,” Roberto said. “The car was on the shoreline and never in the water. All we had to do is stabilize the vehicle.”

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Officers stretched a rope and secured it to a police cruiser to prevent the vehicle from sliding any further.

Carmel Police Lt. John Dearman said that the driver of the car was a 17-year-old male who was accompanied by a 16-year-old female. He said the cause of the accident was likely speeding.

“It’s a bumpy dirt road and he overcompensated and went down the embankment,” Dearman said. “As far as I know, no citations or tickets were given.”

Both teens were transported to Putnam Hospital Center for evaluation.

Dearman said the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) was on the scene, but no fluids had escaped from the car and into the reservoir.

Roberto said police used a winch to pull the vehicle back up the embankment after the occupants had been removed.