MAHOPAC FALLS, N.Y. - A motorist escaped serious injury on Monday, Feb. 25, when 50-plus mph winds toppled a tree on West Lake Boulevard that came crashing down on her car.

The Mahopac Falls Fire District responded at around 5:30 p.m. with its EMS, fire and heavy rescue units, along with the Carmel Police Department and equipment from the Putnam County Highway Department.

First arriving units found a large tree across the roof of a car with the driver still inside. Mahopac Falls Fire Chief Brian Sacher assumed Incident command and assistant chiefs Jeff Boyle and Bob Trace took charge of operations.

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Upon a closer look, first responders found that the driver was in good condition and not injured. Removal of the tree was the first task that had to be assessed, reported Jack Casey, press liaison for the fire department.

“It so happened that one of the Falls firefighters was on his way home when he heard the call and responded in his work truck,” Casey said. “James McGinty, owner of JLJ Truck & Equipment Repair and a third-generation Mahopac Falls firefighter, was there at the right time, right place. His expertise and knowledge, along with a heavy-duty crane/boom on his work truck was a lifesaving sight to the crews on the scene.”

Traffic on West Lake Boulevard was diverted for several hours until the tree could be removed. 

Article provided by Mahopac Falls Fire Department