By Jay Behrke
TOWN OF NEWBURGH – “We’re a little bit shook up, but other than that, we’re just happy that everybody’s safe,” said one of the two drivers in a two-car collision which stopped up traffic on Route 300 near the intersection of Maplewood Drive for more than an hour Saturday afternoon as police and fire personnel secured the area. The accident – which took place around 1:45 p.m. and involved two local sedan-driving residents who were still at the scene waiting to be picked up after their cars had been towed away – occurred directly opposite Chadwick Lake Park.
One of the drivers said there were four people involved – two drivers, two passengers – but both drivers expressed repeated gratitude it wasn’t worse. An eyewitness described what he thought had transpired:
“I was coming down Route 300 on my way to work, when I saw what seemed like a pretty bad collision,” said Keyon, who works in the Dunkin’ Donuts at the intersection of Route 300 and Route 32. Keyon was driving by when he saw a woman crying at the scene. “It seemed like one car rear-ended another car. There was a lot of people, a lot of commotion going on.”
Pauli was accompanied by his companion, Hercules, in towing the two cars away for Art and John’s Collision Center of Newburgh. “Keeping busy,” said Paulie with a joyless chuckle as we discussed the wintry road conditions that may have played a part in the accident.