On the Taconic Parkway Tragedy in Westchester

J Philip Faranda August 2, 2009

I was caught up in the traffic jam resulting from that horrific wrong-direction accident on the Taconic Parkway that took the lives of 8 people last weekend. I was driving northbound myself, and I found it peculiar that northbound traffic would be so backed up at that time. When I saw that all the cars were diverted to the Saw Mill parkway, I knew this wasn't rubberneckers; there must have been a huge accident. I never imagined it would be so tragic.

I live very close to the entry ramp on Pleasantville Road in Briarcliff Manor where Diane Schuler entered the Parkway in the wrong direction. As the embedded video details, she must have been ill or disoriented; people attempted to get her attention to no avail. Every day I drive by the embankment between the north and south directions where the van crashed. There is s small makeshift memorial that borders on a large patch of scorched Earth in an otherwise green lawn. It is a terrible tragedy for the friends and loved ones of all 8 people who lost their lives that day. My heart aches for all of them.

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