ARMONK, N.Y. -- A woman was seriously injured Monday night when she got out of her car on Interstate 684 and was hit by a passing vehicle and thrown down a 30-foot ravine on the side of the road.
She was taken to Westchester County Medical Center in Valhalla with what were described by emergency workers as serious injuries. The driver of the car that hit her and a driver of a third car that was also hit in the crash were also taken to the medical center.
The road was completely shut down for nearly two hours.
The woman was hit at about 7 p.m. during intense rain and thunderstorms. She was thrown 30 feet over the roadside bridge into the swamp adjacent to the highway, fire officials said.
She was pulled out of the swamp by the Westchester Tactical Rescue Team after the incident.
State Police were investigating the accident.
It is unknown why the woman was outside her car on the southbound side between exits 2 and 3, but Armonk Fire Chief Luci Labriola-Cuffe said it may have been weather related.
Mitch Garbo, 60, of Mahopac, said he was one of the first people at the scene. He said he pulled over with another driver and set out roadside cones to divert traffic.
Garbo then got back behind the wheel to warn oncoming cars by flashing his lights.
"I started to warn other drivers," Garbo said. "I was more concerned about someone else ramming cars because of the weather."
The left lane heading south was reopened around 9 p.m. Drivers were at a complete stop for over an hour as emergency workers were on the scene.
The White Plains, Fairview, Armonk and Purchase fire departments responded. Greenburgh police were also on the scene.
E-mail reporter Phil Corso at PCorso@MainStreetConnect.us.