One of the most notorious traffic accident locations in Westchester is the point at which the Bronx River Parkway splits off to the right at Bronxville, going northbound toward White Plains.
The left fork is the start of the northbound Sprain River Parkway.
When I walk my dog over the bridge that spans the parkway and the Bronx River, I get a bird’s eye view of that dangerous fork where motorists, who are either confused or stupidly aggressive, routinely cut each other at top speeds. I can’t tell you how many times, I’ve witnessed near accidents there. Usually, I just hear the tell-tale screech of tires and sometimes the crash of metal.
On Tuesday I saw a near accident.
But today was a first. I just finished a dog walk shortly after 10 a.m., and was standing on my porch when I heard the familiar screech of tires and a noise that sounded like a loud thump. This couldn’t be good, I thought.
So I ran down to the river where a crowd had already gathered. A car had plowed through the guardrail and landed on its side in the shallow mud of the river. When I got there, an emergency worker had just pulled a woman out of the car. Amazingly, she was able to walk away.
I called the photo desk at The Journal News, and this shot of the car being lifted out of the drink was taken by staff photographer Mark Vergari.
Every now and then, news breaks right where you live. Especially at this dangerous fork in the road.