State Trooper Edward Stannard (left) approaches a vehicle that skidded off Rte. 9 late morning Jan. 12 into a ditch just south of North Country Lodge, leaving its driver suspended behind the wheel until she was guided out through the rear hatch. Three to four inches of snow that day made roads slick, prompting dozens of crashes in Warren County, most all of them minor.
A North Creek woman suspended in her overturned SUV was guided to safety the morning of Jan. 12 after her vehicle skidded on snow-packed asphalt off Rte. 9 into a ditch and flipped.
State Police arrived on the scene just south of North Country Lodge a half-mile north of the Warrensburg hamlet to find the SUV on its side, with the driver door facing upward.
The woman apparently had been driving northbound on Rte. 9 in a snowstorm and lost control of her vehicle, and it veered off the east side of the road, hit an embankment and flipped into a ditch, police said. The road had been plowed earlier, but there was a new covering of snow on the road.
Police found Lisa Persons, 41, suspended in the driver’s seat — restrained by her seat belt — and unable to exit her 2003 Ford SUV, state Trooper Edward Stannard said.
Responders crawled over the seats and helped bring her through the rear hatch, he said.
Within minutes after the crash, she was pacing at the scene, being consoled by others who stopped to help.
Warrensburg Car Care flipped the car back onto its wheels and hauled it away.
Warrensburg Emergency Medical Technicians were on the scene, and checked out the driver, but she was unhurt, authorities said.
Members of the Warrensburg Fire Co. responded to the incident.
There were dozens of collisions and vehicles that sliding off roadways during the storm, authorities said. Stannard himself responded to incidents on Rte. 8 north of Warrensburg as well as on the Northway and in Bolton, state Police Troop G spokesman Mark Cepiel said.