Everyone around here this morning is talking about the same thing: yesterday’s mind-blowing, horrific, three-car accident on the Taconic that took eight lives, including of four children.

Everyone is stunned by the details, how a woman got on the Taconic in the wrong direction and drove more than a mile — with cars passing her, honking their horns — before she plowed into another vehicle.

Based on what was just said at a police press conference, the woman may well have been ill.

Other than digesting the details, what is there to say?


We all say why?

An editor asked me a bit ago if I should talk to clergy about how something like this could happen.

I don’t know. What could they say?

Gary Stern

Gary Stern covered education in the Lower Hudson Valley for several years during the early 1990s. Now's he back on the beat. He believes that schools are one of the main reasons that people live around here and that educational issues -- from curriculum to financing -- are among the most challenging things that journalists can write about. He continues to be amazed by the complexity of educational jargon. Gary got his B.A. at SUNY Buffalo and his M.A. from the University of Missouri Journalism School (where his master's thesis was about the best ways to cover education). He lives in White Plains with his wife and two sons, who attend public schools.