2015-10-21 / Front Page

Cyclist loses leg in grim Garrison crash

Eric Gross

A 26-year-old motorcyclist from Montrose lost his leg Tuesday evening in a crash with a tractor trailer rig on Route 9 in Garrison. 

The Sheriff’s Department identified the victim as Peter Bongers of Montrose.

Capt. William McNamara said Bongers was riding northbound when in the vicinity of Stone Ridge Road, the two-wheeler crossed over the center line and drifted into the southbound lane when it was struck by the 18-wheeler operated by a New Jersey man.

McNamara said the impact severed Bongers’ left leg while his right leg and both arms suffered trauma as well.

Passersby aided the victim by applying tourniquets to both legs prior to the arrival of police and EMS personnel which McNamara said probably saved the young man’s life.

A medivac helicopter landed at Garrison FD headquarters and airlifted the gravely injured man to the Westchester Medical Center where he underwent surgery before being admitted to intensive care. The trucker escaped unhurt.

The impact ruptured the tank of the truck spilling diesel across the highway and necessitating the efforts of the Putnam County Haz Mat Team and Putnam County Fire Police Team. Route 9 was closed for four hours.

Also assisting at the scene were members of the Garrison FD, Continental Village FD, Garrison Volunteer Ambulance Corps and Putnam Bureau of Emergency Services.

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