Route 73 now open through Keene

Accidents cleared after morning snow

— The entire stretch of State Route 73 through the town of Keene is now open.

Around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23, the New York State Department of Transportation reopened the 10-mile section of Route 73 it closed earlier in the day due to multiple accidents on snowy roads.

Around 9 a.m., the DOT closed Route 73 from the River Road in Lake Placid to the intersection of Routes 9N and 73 in the hamlet of Keene. Traffic was temporarily detoured through Wilmington and Jay on Routes 86 and 9N.

State Trooper Steve O'Meara of Troop B Headquarters in Ray Brook said four tractor-trailers were jack-knifed on the Gilmore Hill section of Route 73, just west of the hamlet of Keene, blocking the state highway. DOT workers from Keene and state troopers responded and tow trucks helped clear the roadway.

No passenger cars were involved in the accidents, and there were no injuries, O'Meara said.

The Winter Storm Warning issued by the National Weather Service is in effect until 2 p.m. Essex County is expected to receive between 6 and 10 inches of snow by the end of the day.

Nov. 23 marks the beginning of the Thanksgiving holiday travel period, which ends on Sunday, Nov. 27. AAA expects about 42.5 million Americans -- a 4 percent increase from 2010 -- to travel 50 miles or more from home this Thanksgiving.

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