Slick road conditions were part of a morning accident in Elizabethtown on Lincoln Pond Road Feb. 23.
Photo by Katherine Clark.
Elizabethtown A woman careened off Lincoln Pond Road after hitting icey conditions Thursday morning and traveled down a steep embankment, overturning and coming to rest on the vehicle’s passenger side.
The accident occurred at about 8:30 a.m. as April Spelling was traveling with two young male passengers toward Elizabethtown. No one was reported to be injured.
Spelling was driving a Dodge Journey SUV, when she hit ice and slush and skidded off the left side of the road, continuing off a 6-foot embankment.
“She was coming over the hill and hit the slush and over corrected during the slide,” Essex County Fire Investigator Jack Hanby said.
Emergency response from Lewis and Elizabethtown and State Police all arrived on scene at 9 a.m.
Elizabethtown Fire Police Captain Dave Dickinson said Spelling and her passengers were lucky no one was hurt.
“Luckily everyone was wearing their seatbelts,” Dickinson said.
Spelling and the two young boys were examined by Emergency Medical Technicians from the Elizabethtown/Lewis Squad and were found to have no injuries and later left the scene with a friend.
At the accident scene there was no cell service. Spelling said it was lucky a car behind her saw her vehicle off the road and went to town to call emergency services.
“It was pure luck I guess,” Spelling said.
Jim LaPier of Jim’s Body Shop of Port Henry arrived on scene around 10 a.m. Pulling the vehicle from the embankment took about an hour because of the steep hill and the vehicle’s position.
LaPier said he believes the vehicle will be considered a total loss.
Dickinson said he suspects more accidents to occur with a winter storm watch in affect through Saturday. He said people are less defensive driving on the roads this year during severe winter weather because of the lack of it this season.
“People get used to the nice weather and forget they need to slow down when the roads are slick,” Dickinson said.
The National Weather Service in Burlington issued a winter storm watch at 9:42 a.m. on Thursday for Essex County and throughout the North Country. The storm watch will remain in effect from late tonight throughout Saturday morning.
The storm is expected to carry heavy snow and accumulations of 4 to 8 inches of snow.
Drivers are warned to use precaution when traveling due to low visibility and dangerous road conditions.