Responders called to 2 separate accidents; one lands car in swamp

Two people were taken to area hospitals after the vehicle they were in jumped the guardrail and landed in this precarious position. Photo by RE Lindmark

CANAAN—Canaan firefighters had a busy couple of days last week responding to two motor vehicle accidents in which vehicles went over or through guardrails, April 19 and 23.

Two people were hurt in an accident on Route 22, April 23.

According to the Columbia County 911 call log, Canaan and Red Rock firefighters along with the Chatham Rescue Squad were all dispatched at 8:31 p.m. for the Route 22 accident near the Queechy Lake Drive intersection.

R.E. Lindmark of said the accident was north of Tremper Association Road.

Red Rock firefighters stood by in their own quarters.

It was reported the vehicle was headed southbound on Route 22 when it struck and went over the guardrail and crashed into a tree, says

Chatham Rescue responded with two ambulances. One patient was taken to Berkshire Medical Center and the other to Albany Medical Center.

State Police investigated and were assisted by the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.

The driver of a vehicle that ended up in a swamp off Route 295, Canaan, was brought to safety by firefighters using an ice rescue sled. Photo by Elijah Falkner

Firefighters were back in service at 10:10 p.m., according to County Control.

On April 19, Canaan firefighters didn’t have to travel far to respond to an accident in which a vehicle went through the guardrail ended up in a swamp at 2126 Route 295 in front of the fire station at 11:14 a.m.

Columbia County 911 dispatched Canaan and Red Rock firefighters and Columbia County EMS Greenport Rescue that morning for a report of a vehicle in a swamp. The driver was unable to get out.

Firefighters used an ice rescue sled to help remove the driver from the swamp due to the water and mud, according to

A med-evac helicopter was placed on standby but was not needed. The driver refused medical attention.

State Police investigated. Firefighters were back in service at 11:39 a.m.


David DiBlasi, 51, of Hudson was charged with criminal contempt by Deputy Matthew Leonard, April 22 at 9:38 a.m. Mr. DiBlasi allegedly disobeyed a court mandate to stay away from a protected person April 21. A warrant was issued for his arrest by Greenport Court Justice Barry Sack.

Mr. DiBlasi turned himself in after being advised of the warrant. He appeared before Greenport Justice John Porecca for arraignment and was released to return to court at a later date.

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Troopers get impaired drivers off the road

LIVINGSTON—State Police Troop K removed impaired drivers from public roadways during weekends in April.

From 5 p.m. Friday, April 2 through 3 a.m. Monday, April 5, State Troopers issued 726 vehicle and traffic law violation tickets; issued 363 tickets for speeding violations, 9 distracted driving violations, 11 child restraint violations, 5 move-over violations, and removed 23 impaired motorists from the roadway.

From 5 p.m. Friday, April 9 through 3 a.m. Monday, April 12, State Police in Troop K issued 981 vehicle and traffic law violations; issued 422 tickets for speeding violations, 83 distracted driving violations, 10 child restraint violations, 21 move-over violations, and removed 31 impaired motorists from the roadway. Troop K includes Columbia, Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess counties.

Taken its final toll. The last toll booth in Columbia County was removed March 29 at 9:30 p.m. It was located at exit B-2, the end of the Taconic State Parkway in Chatham. Photo by RE Lindmark

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