2 men die in fiery crash with tractor-trailer in Suffern

State police say an SUV and a tractor-trailer collided about 1:45 a.m. in the southbound lanes of the Thruway at exit 15.

News 12 Staff

Sep 22, 2020, 12:42 AM

Updated 1,362 days ago

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Two Rockland County EMTs are dead following a fiery crash with a tractor-trailer in Suffern Monday morning.
The men were identified as 27-year-old Moshe Herzog, of Spring Valley, and 26-year-old Dovid Tzvi Schenbalg, of Monsey.
They were killed as they were coming back from Pennsylvania where they had spent Rosh Hashana.
Sources confirm with News 12 that Herzog radioed for help saying they were trapped in the burning vehicle.
They say Herzog was driving a 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe when it collided with a tractor-trailer driven by Luis A. Velazquez, 59, of New Jersey, at about 1:45 a.m. in the southbound lanes of the Thruway at Exit 15.
The collision caused both vehicles to run off the road and down the embankment. The Tahoe became fully engulfed, and both Herzog and passenger Schneebalg were pronounced deceased on scene. Both victims were EMTs of the William Paul Feist Ambulance Corps & Haverstraw Ambulance Corps.
Velazquez was entrapped and required extrication. He was transported to Westchester Medical Center for unknown injuries.
The right and center lanes were closed for accident reconstruction but have since reopened.
There was also a fuel spill that crews worked to contain.
County Executive Ed Day released a statement following this tragic accident, saying in part that the loss of the young men is devastating but that their service to our community will not soon be forgotten.


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