UPDATE: Schaeffers hurt in Vermont accident
George and Carolyn Schaeffer, the husband and wife team who have been a motivating force of Milly's Pantry as well as the local Democratic Committee for years, were hurt in a two-car accident July 3 while driving back to Penn Yan from Vermont.
According to Bennington's WCAX News, Bennington Police say the head-on collision happened around 1:30 p.m. on Route 9 in Bennington near the Woodford town line, shutting down the highway for hours.
Police say Andrew Matthews, 26, of Groton, Conn., driving east with three passengers, attempted to pass other cars and ran head-on into the Schaeffer's car in the opposite lane. All six occupants of the cars were taken to area hospitals, some with severe injuries. Officials say alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the crash. No charges have yet been filed and the crash is still under investigation by Officer Thalia Hudson and Crash Reconstruction Officer, Cpl. Roscoe Harrington.
According to Milly's Pantry volunteers who have been in contact with their daughter Jennifer, George & Carolyn were flown to the Albany Medical Center. Carolyn suffered numerous broken bones including both ankles, a femur, a hip, six ribs, and a wrist. She required emergency surgery for massive abdominal injuries. Once stabilized, she underwent surgery for her femur and hip, but more surgeries will be performed later to repair her ankles and wrist. She remains in ICU, but is alert. (Since the initial report, Carolyn has been taken off the ventilator, the neck brace has been removed, and she is breathing on her own.)
George suffered back injuries, but will not require surgery. With the aid of physical therapists and a back brace, he is ambulatory but remains in hospital.
Kathy Guenther asks those who would like to send "Get Well" cards to the Schaeffers to send them to Milly's Pantry, 19 Main Street, Penn Yan, NY 14527, and they will be forwarded immediately. "Keep them in your thoughts and send good vibes to them for speedy recoveries," writes Guenther. "We will keep you all updated."