NORTH SALEM, N.Y.-A driver was injured in an early-morning accident last Wednesday, after his vehicle crashed and combusted going northbound on I-684 at about 1:30 a.m.
The Croton Falls Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to the scene at 1:38, where they extinguished the car, which had become engulled in flames, said Daniel Dreyer, chief of the Croton Falls Volunteer Fire Department (CFVFD).
“I don’t know what caused it,” Dreyer said. “It was one car, with a single occupant driving northbound. For some reason he left the roadway and went onto the grassy median between the roadway and the Exit 7 shoulder. He then hit some trees, and it appears he glanced off some trees and hit one tree head on. The impact caused the fuel tank to rupture.”
The driver, who was injured, was treated by members of The North Salem Volunteer Ambulance Corps and Westchester Emergency Services that responded to the scene. He was taken to Danbury Hospital for further treatment. The State Police also responded to the scene. The scene was cleared just shy of an hour and a half later, Dreyer said, and the fire department left by 2:52 a.m.
Dreyer said he did not know whether drugs or alcohol played a role in the crash, nor could he comment on the driver’s medical condition.
North Salem’s coverage area on I-684 extends from the border between Lewisboro and North Salem up to the county line where Westchester and Putnam County meet, Dreyer said. So far this year, the CFVFD has responded to 43 calls.
Dreyer said the department doesn’t get too many car-fires on a regular basis, however it’s more common on roads like I-684, where the speed limit is 65 mph.
“We frequently see cars with significant damage, given the speeds we see on 684,” he said.