SARANAC LAKE - Two people were taken to the hospital after their sport-utility vehicle crashed Thursday afternoon on state Route 3, just north of the village.
The Saranac Lake Volunteer Fire Department responded at 1:42 p.m. to the accident scene, near the village sewer pump house on Route 3 between Pine Street and Trudeau Road, with three trucks and 12 members.
Witnesses who were driving behind the 2008 Dodge Nitro said it was heading toward the village when the driver suddenly lost control, veered into the guardrail on the west side of the road and rolled onto its side. Passersby called 911 to report the crash while others tended to the two people who had been inside the SUV, whom they described as an elderly woman and her granddaughter, until firefighters, rescue personnel and state police could arrive.
With help from passersby, Firefighters and ambulance personnel tend to two women whose sport-utility vehicle crashed Thursday afternoon on state Route 3, just northeast of Saranac Lake.
(Enterprise photo — Chris Knight)
Saranac Lake Head Fire Driver Rick Yorkey said firefighters helped the driver and passenger get out of the vehicle.
Police this morning identified the driver as 74-year-old Wendy Fletcher of Lake Placid. She reported neck pain and was transported to Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake by the Saranac Lake Volunteer Rescue Squad. The passenger, 19-year-old Shaylee Kane of Saranac Lake, was transported to the hospital for precautionary reasons, police said.
State police had no further information this morning on what caused the accident.
The highway was shut down as the scene was cleaned up; traffic was being detoured onto Pine Street and Trudeau Road. The road reopened by 2:30 p.m., and Saranac Lake firefighters returned to the fire station by 2:45 p.m.