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Lake. George basketball star unhurt in rollover crash

A teenaged driver veered off state Rte. 9N a half-mile south of Diamond Point at about 7:40 a.m. Thursday Nov. and sheared off a utility pole, causing some electrical and phone service interruption as well as shutting down a 6-mile stretch of the roadway for more than 5 hours.

A teenaged driver veered off state Rte. 9N a half-mile south of Diamond Point at about 7:40 a.m. Thursday Nov. and sheared off a utility pole, causing some electrical and phone service interruption as well as shutting down a 6-mile stretch of the roadway for more than 5 hours. Photo by Thom Randall.

A sport utility vehicle driven by a local teenager veered off state Rte. 9N at about 7:40 a.m. Thursday Nov. 21, shearing off a utility pole, authorities said. The crash flipped the sport utility vehicle, which overturned and landed on its roof in the middle of the roadway about a half-mile south of Diamond Point.

Joel H. Wincowski, 16, of Lake Shore Drive — the high-scoring key player of Lake George High School’s 2013 state championship basketball team — was behind the wheel. Warren County Sheriff’s officer J.A. Fidd, who responded to the crash, reported that Wincowski drove off the road while adjusting the radio of his 2006 Hyundai southbound on Lake Shore Drive.

Wincowski was outside the vehicle when emergency responders arrived at the scene, Fidd reported. He said Wincowski was shaken up but was uninjured — the teen was wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash.

Wincowski was examined by Lake George Emergency Medical Services personnel at the scene but was not transported to the hospital.

Firefighters of the Lake George Fire Department also responded and assisted with traffic.

National Grid crews worked on clearing downed utility lines from the road and replacing the pole, which hung over the roadway, suspended only by utility wires. Electrical and phone service was interrupted for several hours, and the road was closed down between Lake George Village and Diamond Point for more than five hours.

The pole was replaced and the roadway was reopened by 1 p.m. No tickets were issued in the incident.

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