MyFOX New York obtained a 911 call made immediately after the horrific July wrong-way collision on the Taconic State Parkway near New York City that left eight dead, including four children.
Motorists frantically dialed for emergency response after Long Island mother Diane Schuler, 36, drove down the wrong side of the highway and slammed head-on into an SUV. Autopsy and toxicology reports confirmed that Schuler was drunk and high on marijuana at the time.
In the recording, a panicked motorist tries to tell the operator where the crash happened before a second person takes the phone and confirms, "Yeah, there's a whole bunch of kids. Honestly the car is smashed... It's really bad. The kids are bleeding."
Schuler's blood-alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit at the time of the July 26 wreck and she still had undigested alcohol in her stomach, police said. Blood tests also showed she had smoked marijuana 15 minutes to an hour before the crash.
The fiery head-on crash, about 35 miles northwest of New York City, killed Schuler, her 2-year-old daughter, three young nieces and three men in the SUV. Schuler's 5-year-old son survived. Investigators said Schuler had been driving erratically on other suburban roads before hitting the Taconic Parkway.
A broken, 1.75-liter bottle of Absolut vodka was found in the wrecked minivan.
Six drivers called 911 before the collision, which happened after Schuler drove 1.7 miles south in the parkway's northbound lane.
911 Call Transcript:
911 operator: Sleepy Hollow Police 911 emergency.
Caller: There's an accident. Route 117, what is this? Pleasantville Road.
911 operator: Ma'am? Ma'am?
Caller: Good God. Wait a second I'm not from around here. Hold on hold on.
Second caller: We're on the Taconic going northbound by the Sleepy Hollow/Pleasantville exit Route 117.
911 operator: Route 117 and Taconic?
Second caller: Yes we're on the Taconic going northbound right by the exit for Sleepy Hollow/Pleasantville.
911 operator: Sleepy Hollow, Pleasantville?
Second caller: Yes.
911 operator: Are there any injuries?
Second caller: I really don't know. Hold on, let me check it out. Hold on. Um, honestly. Hold on. I really don't know. Um yeah there are. There's like little kids — the kids not moving. Yeah, there's whole bunch of kids. Honestly the car is smashed...
911 operator: OK. No problem.
Second caller: The car is missing pieces.
911 operator: OK, I'll call.
Second caller: It's really bad, the kids are bleeding.
911 operator: No problem.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.