Wrong-Way Car Accident in NY State Injures 5
August 15th, 2011|
August 15, 2011
A three-car accident on the New York State thruway in Schenectady, New York, on Saturday, August 13, was caused by a wrong-way driver, say police.
Fox reports that New York State Police received a call around 9 a.m. about a car traveling east in the westbound lanes of the Thruway. Shortly afterwards another call came in about a head-on collision on the Thruway just west of Exit 26.
The wrong-way car was reportedly driven by a 29-year-old male from Schenectady, New York. The man collided with a westbound SUV, which was then hit in the rear by a westbound pickup truck.
Five people were taken to Ellis Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The driver who caused the crash was among those transported to the hospital. He has been charged with vehicular assault, DWI, and Unlawful Possession of Marijuana.
Two high-profile wrong-way crashes in New York State (one in July 2009, one just last month) have led some New York state legislators to introduce a bill that would make wrong-way driving a felony in the state.