MAHOPAC FALLS, N.Y. - Mahopac Falls Fire Department’s fire and rescue personnel responded within a six-hour period last week to two serious car accidents, one of which involved a school bus and hospitalized four people who were in the car that hit it, and one that was a solo rollover accident that resulted in extensive property damage and a DWI arrest.
On Friday, May 17, at around 2:28 p.m., Mahopac Falls fire, rescue, EMS and fire police were dispatched, along with EMStar paramedics, to Baldwin Place Road at the entrance of the high school for a car vs. bus accident with injuries.
MFVFD Chief Brian Sacher arrived on the scene and assumed incident command. Firefighter Jason Stasiak coordinated students to be checked with the school nurse. Fire police and school administrators closed Baldwin Place Road at Muscoot Drive.
School Superintendent Anthony DeCarlo and Assistant Transportation Supervisor Steve Troost coordinated and mobilized resources as 24 people, including the driver from the bus, were brought to the high school nurse for evaluation. All were triaged, treated and released, while the four occupants of the car were transported to a local hospital by Mahopac Falls ambulance and EMStar paramedics.
A spokesperson for the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office said that because of their ages, the four occupants of the car, three 17-year-olds and a 16-year-old, all students at the high school, were required to go to the hospital. They were treated for mild, superficial injuries and released. Police said the car was eastbound on Baldwin Place Road when it hit the rear end of the bus, which was stopped, waiting to make a turn into the school driveway. The spokesperson said the driver “appeared to be distracted,” but no tickets were issued.
About six hours later, at 8:14 p.m., Mahopac Falls FD was again called out, this time for a serious solo car accident/rollover in front of 124 West Lake Blvd. Video obtained by Mahopac News from the dash cam of a car parked in a West Lake Boulevard driveway shows a Subaru careening around a corner at a high rate of speed before flipping over, crashing into a wall and then a parked car.
Police said the driver, Joseph MacAllister, 30, of Mahopac, was partially ejected from the car and was found outside by first responders, bloodied but stable. MacAllister was brought to Westchester County Medical Center by Mahopac Falls ambulance. Once the car was loaded onto a flatbed, fire police reopened the road.
MacAllister was treated and released and subsequently arrested by Carmel Police Department. He was charged with driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor, as well as speeding and refusal to take a prescreen test, both violations.