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May 2, 2009 - John Stack

I was driving home from Burlington this evening on Rt 3 from Plattsburgh. Just before I got to the turn for Loon Lake, I glanced to the right and saw a half submerged car in the water, about 30 feet off the road and down an embankment.. This didn't seem right. I turned around, as around here there are plenty of stories about cars going off the road and not being found for days. I stopped and my wife and I went for a look. Soon, others showed up. For a while it seemed like we could not find out how the car got there. It looked as if the car had been dropped from a helicopter. After a while, we found the tracks the car took off the road. It was hard to find at first, because there were no skid marks. One person who stopped lived close by (and there being no cell reception!) and went and called the State Police. It didn't look like the car had just got there, but the radio was still on. My wife somehow got out into the swamp and checked out the car to make sure no one was in it. A number of us waited around for the police. When the trooper showed up, she bolted over to the side. She had only been informed there was a car on the side of the road. She didn't realize it was in a swamp down an embankment. Someone stopped by, and it seems a young kid had somehow crashed just a couple hours before, and got picked up on the highway all muddy and half dazed. Luckily, it seems no one was seriously hurt.

A few years back, I was coming into Cadyville (?) by the big Mobil station. A car was pulling out and didn't see a car coming, who hit them sideways, and the one car went right and the other left. We saw the whole thing. As did a number of other people. A person with me went and checked the people out. I stayed about 50 yards back, directing traffic. Someone 50 yards on the other side did the same thing. We stood there, with no communication at all, and directed traffic for 1/2 an hour or so until emergency crews showed up. I happened to be wearing a green jacket with yellow stripes, so I sort of looked like a emergency crew member. When an officer went by me, I asked if I should stay a while. He had thought I was part of the emergency crew.

Just a couple minor stories here to show that regardless who you are andyour political persuasion or whatnot, we all have this instinctive 'knowing' of how and when to help out during an accident.


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