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Montrose Resident Severely Injured In Route 9 Crash

A motorcycle crash severed a Montrose residents leg.
A motorcycle crash severed a Montrose residents leg. Photo Credit: Brian Cunningham

GARRISON, N.Y. -- Peter Bongers, a 26-year-old Montrose resident, suffered a partial amputation of his leg after his motorcycle collided with a tractor-trailer on Route 9 in Garrison in Tuesday afternoon, according to the Putnam County Sheriff's Office.

Bongers was riding a motorcycle northbound on Route 9 at 5:30 p.m. when his motorcycle crossed over the center line of the road into the southbound lane, according to the Putnam County Sheriff's Office. The motorcycle struck an oncoming southbound tractor-trailer driven by Brian Shepherd, a 41-year-old Sparta, N.J., resident, according to the sheriff's office.

According to witnesses, Bongers may have been trying to pass another vehicle before the crash.

The accident severed Shepherd's left leg below the knee and caused injuries to his right leg and left arm, according to the sheriff's office. Passersby aided the victim by applying belts as tourniquets to both legs before sheriff's deputies and other first responders arrived at the scene, according to the sheriff's office.

Bongers was transported to Westchester County Medical Center in Valhalla where his condition is unknown.

Shepherd, the driver of the tractor-trailer, was not injured in the crash.

The fuel tank of his truck was ruptured as a result of the crash. No tickets were issued and the crash remains under investigation.

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