North Elba State police closed a section of Route 73 for about an hour around daybreak Wednesday, Dec. 7 after a three-car accident just west of the Olympic Sports Complex at Mount Van Hoevenberg.
The accident happened around 6:56 a.m. in heavy fog, according to State Police at Troop B Headquarters in Ray Brook. It was still dark at the time.
Amy Armstrong, 40, of Witherbee, was transported to AMC in Lake Placid and complained about back and chest pain. Heading north toward Lake Placid in a Chevrolet Cobalt, she hit a Mercury station wagon in a head-on collision. The station wagon - driven by 60-year-old Gary Logan, of Massena - was stopped in the northbound lane. Logan, heading southbound toward Keene, had driven into the northbound lane and then struck a Ford Ranger driven by 63-year-old Bruce Harbart, of Lake Placid, who had pulled out of his driveway into the northbound lane toward Lake Placid. Police could not say whether Logan was trying to pass another vehicle when he drove into the oncoming lane prior to hitting Harbart's vehicle. Logan and Harbart were uninjured in the accident. Logan was ticketed for failing to keep right.
State police and members of the Lake Placid Volunteer Fire Department and Lake Placid Volunteer Ambulance Service were on the scene. Traffic between Lake Placid and Keene was being detoured through Wilmington and Jay on Routes 86 and 9N for about an hour.