MORRISONVILLE - Charlena Scroggins considers herself lucky to be alive.
The 19-year-old Plattsburgh woman was involved in a serious motor vehicle accident Aug. 14 on Kent Falls Road. It was one that almost cost her her life, yet one she has a hard time recalling.
"I don't remember much from the day of the accident," said Scroggins. "I remember I was upset because my grandfather had passed away three days before ... I just left the house and got in my car and didn't know where I was heading to. I was just driving."
Scroggins had made it to the end of Kent Falls Road where she parked her car and got out to sit on the banks of the Saranac River. What she does remember is getting back into her car and leaving. After that, her memories are hard to piece together.
"I remember looking at my speedometer then the next thing I know I'm going off the road toward a big pipe," she said.
Scroggins' car struck a pipe off the embankment, leaving her trapped on the side of the road in a place unlikely where motorists would find her.
Fortunately, New York State Police Trooper Shawn Davies was patrolling the area, and came across Scroggins' car an unknown amount of time later.
"I just barely saw the car. I caught the glare out of the corner of my eye," he said.
Davies exited his vehicle and hurried to Scroggins' vehicle, not knowing what to expect.
"As soon as I was walking down to her car, I heard her yell for help," said Davies. "That's when I called for everybody."
Emergency responders from the Morrisonville Volunteer Fire Department and Morrisonville Ambulance Service raced to the scene where Scroggins had to be extricated after it was found her leg was trapped on the driver's side of the vehicle, preventing her from escaping. She was then airlifted by Dartmouth-Hitchcock Helicopter to Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, Vt., where she spent weeks recovering from her injuries.