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Neighbors Rush To Help As Car Carrying 3 Crashes Off Overpass In Rockland County – CBS New York


PEARL RIVER, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Firefighters raced to save lives after a car crashed in Rockland County on Sunday.

The Orangetown Police Department is investigating and did not release a lot of information, but did tell CBS2’s Nick Caloway three people were in the car when it went off an overpass and caught fire.

The car landed upside down on its roof on train tracks. Neighbors said they knew right away something was wrong.

“Well, I was washing the car, and all of a sudden I heard this big bang,” neighbor Joe Geppner said.

Geppner lives a few hundred yards from Route 304 and was one of the first people on the scene after the car careened off the overpass.

“We started trying to get fire extinguishers and we started trying to put out the fire because all we heard was this poor girl screaming, and she was screaming terribly,” Geppner said.

Geppner and several other Good Samaritans did what they could to knock down the flames until firefighters arrived.

“Thank God the fire department came and they started dousing it with water and whatever else they could,” Geppner said. “And to tell you the truth, it took a long time. I kept seeing the flames. No matter what they did they just kept coming up.”

The three passengers were eventually extricated by fire crews. Hours later, investigators were working into the night to process the scene. Geppner said he didn’t hesitate to jump into action, risking his own life to try and save others.

“You don’t really think about it. You don’t. If somebody needs help, you help them,” Geppner said.

Caloway asked police and fire officials, but they did not say how badly the people in the car were injured.

It’s also unclear how the car ended up going over the guardrail.

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