HORRIFIC TRAGEDY: Two Young Men From Monsey R”L Killed In Fiery Crash [UPDATED 9:30AM]

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Moshe Herzog Z"L (left), Dovid Tzvi Schnebalg Z"L (right) Z"L.

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A horrific crash on the NY State Thruway took the lives of two young men from Monsey early Monday morning.

The two men, identified as Moshe Herzog Z”L (28), and Dovid Tzvi Schnebalg Z”L (27), were returning from Pennsylvania where they had spent Rosh Hashanah when the accident happened.

The NY State Police tells YWN that a preliminary investigation determined Moshe Herzog, 27, of Spring Valley, NY, was operating a 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe southbound, near mile marker 29.1, in the center lane, attempting to change lanes and possibly exit the Thruway at exit 14B (Airmont Road). The Tahoe collided with a 2007 Peterbilt tractor trailer operated by Luis A. Velazquez, 59, of Elizabeth, NJ, which was traveling in the right lane.

The collision caused both vehicles to exit the roadway over the right shoulder and come to rest in a ditch along the wood line. The Tahoe became fully engulfed and both Herzog and the passenger, David Z. Schneebalg, 26, of Monsey, NY, were pronounced deceased on scene.

Velazquez was entrapped and required extrication. He was transported to Westchester Medical Center for unknown injuries.

Troopers were assisted on scene by Troop F CRU (Collision Reconstruction Unit), CVEU (Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit), BCI, Thruway Traffic Safety and Maintenance, as well as the Fire Department and Faist and Hazolah EMS.

Moshe Herzog Z”L seen center receiving an award from Rockland Chaveirim.

Herzog, who was a longtime Rockland Chaveirim volunteer actually used his radio to call for help – stating that they were trapped in the wreckage.

It took an extended period of time to extinguish the blaze and took hours for emergency personnel to extricate them.

Schnebalg was an EMT who had volunteered his time and helped save many lives.

Video from the scene showed the mangled wreck of an overturned tractor-trailer on top of their vehicle.

Chesed Shel Emes was assisted by Chaveirim Volunteers as they worked for hours to perform their Avodas Hakodesh.

Levaya details will be published when available.

Boruch Dayan HaEmmes…

TRAGIC FLASHBACK VIDEO: Moshe Herzog Z”L, one of the two victims in the NY State Thruway crash is seen in the attached video at the scene of the fatal drowning of Rabbi Reuven Bauman Z”L in Virginia, a story that gripped Klal Yisroel.

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9 COMMENTS

  1. Nebech, Nebech, Nebech!
    Never a dull moment! Please Hashem, let these be the only korbanos of the year! Let them be the Kapparah for us all like Nadav and Avihu were! Let their parents and families have nichum as only You can give it!

  2. That this happened near the Town Hall of Ramapo should be seen as a message. Just last week in the first of the double parshios we read, Rashi tells us: “And if we do not execute judgment upon these [open transgressions, over which we do have control,], then the WHOLE COMMUNITY will be punished”.
    Ramapo is a Town of open and cruel transgressions against the elderly and widowed residents who moved there when it was still a Makom Torah. Sadly it has become a Town of wickedness in the manner of the judges of Sodom. Is it any wonder Hashem punishes the community by taking away it’s tzadikim in the manner of Yair ben Menashe?

  3. @Tnewman, Only absolute moron would try to mix local politics in a tragic story of two young life’s snuffed out early. And if this would have happened near Exit 105 on Route 17 is that because they legalized gambling in Sullivan County?
    Give me a break.

  4. Unfortunatley this is a very real situatin showing us that everything is goizer on rosh hashunu for tzaddikimas these two tzaddikim were killed moitzaei rosh hashunu only simchos by klal yisruel

  5. Unfortunatley this is a very real situation showing us that everything is goizer on rosh hashunu for tzaddikimas these two tzaddikim were killed moitzaei rosh hashunu only simchos by klal yisruel