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12 Hospitalized After Car Fire in Briarcliff [VIDEO]

A van crashed into a utility pole on Route 9 and caught fire Monday night.

Twelve people traveling in a dark blue van were hospitalized at Westchester Medical Center and Phelps Memorial Hospital after a crash on Route 9 tonight, Briarcliff Manor Fire Department Chief Michael King said.

The accident occurred in front of Scarborough Presbyterian Church on Route 9 after the driver of the van reportedly said he thought he was going to be cut off while traveling south on the road.

The driver swerved onto the grass on Scarborough Station Road and struck a utility pole before the car went up in flames.

"They made kind of a drastic turn, right onto the grass, and hit the telephone pole right on," King described.

Emergency responders closed off the southbound lane of the road after the accident was called in at approximately 10:20 p.m., police said.

Once fire personnel arrived at the scene, King said the car, which was "fully engulfed" in flames, was put out relatively quickly.

King said the injuries resulting from the accident did not appear to be life-threatening, but all people traveling in the van were hospitalized.

"Most of them were just cuts and lacerations to the head," he said.

As of 11:05 p.m. the van was being towed from the scene and a Con Edison truck arrived to assess the damage of the utility pole that was struck by the car.

The scene was cleared by 11:15 p.m.

Louise Rowe November 27, 2012 at 12:54 PM
Why can't the town reconfigure that Scarborough Rd intersection? The CONTINUAL occurrence of accidents there are devastating! These 12 people were LUCKY!!!!
Jill Gorring Duran November 27, 2012 at 05:20 PM
I have lived in this area for 11 years and there have been many dangerous and fatal accidents at this intersection. It is especially dangerous at rush hour, and I usually avoid it if possible by going through the train station parking lot and up to the traffic light on Scarborough Rd. Perhaps the current traffic light could be reconfigured to make this a safer intersection.

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