Early Morning Accident in Mt. Sinai Traps 2 Inside Car

Fire department used “Jaws of Life” to free driver and passenger.

Two people driving on Chestnut Street in Mt. Sinai early on Sunday morning were trapped inside their car when it veered off the road and hit a telephone pole, according to the Mount Sinai Fire Department.

At about 4:43 a.m. on Sunday, a car struck a telephone pole somewhere between Marcy and Hartwell Drives after the driver lost control while driving on Chestnut Street. The crash sheared the top of the pole and spun the car away, according to the fire department. Both the driver and a passenger were trapped in the car.

The driver was found in the back seat and could not get out of the car because the driver's door was against a large boulder a homeowner had in front of a fence. The passenger’s foot was pinned under the dashboard. The fire department used the “Jaws of Life” to free the driver and passenger.

Port Jefferson volunteer ambulance transported both victims to John T. Mather Memorial Hospital, along with the police.

We will update this story if more information becomes available.

Laurajane24 October 08, 2012 at 11:46 AM
Wow! I was just at Mather Hospital this morning @ 5:30 finishing up a sleep study test...I really hope those people in the car will be ok..I was in a terrible car accident in Port Jeff (Aug.9th,1981)and they had to use the "Jaws of Life"to free my leg.I suffered a compound fracture of the tib & fib.I hope their injuries aren't as bad as mine were.I will say a prayer for them.PS! I can't say enough about how wonderful Port Jeff ambulance is.They are awesome!!!
Dawn October 08, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Wow!!!! Why are u so bitter Ted Ratter? LauraJane was expressing concern for human life. Not many people have had the experience of the "Jaws of Life" and she was sharing her experience. She ended with how she would pray for the injured and hoped their injuries were not as severe as hers. Also, without knowing the circumstances involved, how dare you assume that the person was an incompetent driver. Maybe consider that something could have happened to the driver which caused this. Not to make this about myself or anything, but my brother in law had his first epileptic seizure while driving. This caused him to accelerate and slam into a divider. He was 27 and had never had a seizure before or been diagnosed with epilepsy. So, yes he is unable to drive now while he is underside a neuroligists care, but an ignorant person may say he was being a careless driver and should have his licence taken away. Take a minute to reflect on your negativity and the fact the YOU don't know everyone's circumstances, history, itentions or abilities. Maybe you are a perfect person with a perfect perspective on life, who drives perfectly and lives in a perfect little world. Good for you, we are not all so lucky! You truly need to reflect on yourself! I never post on here, but somebody needs to put you in your place!
LongIslandMo October 08, 2012 at 03:43 PM
i live around the corner from this location and happened to be awake at the time of the crash so I heard it. It was so loud I thought it had happened in front of my house. There is 3 way stop sign at Marcy & Chestnut so obviously, and as usual, this car didn't stop for the stop signs. Hardly anyone stops there. It is my son's bus stop so I am watching every morning to make sure he safely gets on the bus. I am tired of calling the 6th precinct about this situation. I guess stop signs mean you don't have to stop anymore to most drivers.
Dawn October 08, 2012 at 04:19 PM
*under a doctors care...not underside. Oops. I hope the driver is ok, I know most people don't stop at stop signs and that may have been the case. I just feel that it's unfair to assume this was wreckless driving, when we do not know the facts. Also, Mr. Rattner's attack was uncalled for. That being said, I am tired of people going through stop signs and speeding down side streets. I have 3 little kids and I live 2 houses from a stop sign and you are correct, people rarely stop!!! I am tired of the careless driving that I witness on a daily basis.
K. October 08, 2012 at 04:46 PM
I think you mean "reckless"...if it was wreckless there wouldn't have been a wreck. But it seems like short of parking-lot style "speed bumps" every 10 feet, speeding is going to take place.
Pat Spratt October 08, 2012 at 06:39 PM
Is that a BMW? Maybe the pole ran the stop sign.
Mels Ditties October 08, 2012 at 11:23 PM
Chestnut is a Canal to 25a cut thru road....And speeds can get waaaay over the limit...Cops do a pretty good job of hanging at the stop signs to ticket those who run them...It's my daily route to work and I NEVER run or roll a stop sign, but I see lots of folks who barely even stop...At the point of that accident, other than wet road or leaves, there is virtually nothing (eg. curved road, hilly road, etc) to be a potential risk to drivers...In my 30 years in the area, I haven't seen many accidents on that street at all...Be interesting to see what really happened....
DGsun23 October 09, 2012 at 12:16 AM
*boulder I get so aggravated by spelling errors in professional publications.
K.W. October 09, 2012 at 07:46 PM
Which words?
Mels Ditties October 10, 2012 at 12:43 AM
Boulder was originally spelled bolder....Obviously an edit has been made.... DG...Those types of errors are made on purpose...to keep folks like you on you're toes (eg. find the error in my previous sentence)
Lon Cohen October 10, 2012 at 01:18 AM
Hi DGsun23. Thanks for the catch. It's been fixed.
Lon Cohen October 10, 2012 at 01:19 AM
Hi Mels Ditties. Yep. We made the correction. Unfortunately, it was not on purpose. Regular old typo.


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