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Crash injures two, closes road for several hours

A major accident shut down a section of a local roadway for about two hours earlier this week and sent two people to the hospital.

Rescue personnel responded to state Route 73 near Cascade Pass at about 10:13 a.m. Tuesday.

According to reports, 60-year-old Stanley P. Koenig of Lake George was driving his Ford Focus when he swerved into the oncoming lane to avoid a vehicle stuck in a snowbank.

That's when he struck a dump truck driven by 43-year-old Arthur E. Howie of Hammond.

Howie was not injured in the wreck, but both Koenig and his passenger - 58-year-old Mark B. Morey of Warrensburg - had to be transported to the Adirondack Medical Center in Lake Placid. Morey was treated for chest pains, while Koenig suffered a broken nose and a cut on his hand.

Rescue personnel described the injuries as non-life-threatening.

The Lake Placid and Keene volunteer fire departments responded to the scene, as well as the Lake Placid Volunteer Ambulance Service.

Ray Brook-based state police investigated the cause of the accident.

The state Department of Transportation closed state Route 73 for about two hours between the intersection with Route 9N in Keene and the ski jumps in Lake Placid.

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