PARADOX -- The driver of a pickup truck was seriously injured Friday morning after he lost control of his vehicle on state Rte. 74 and smashed into an approaching log truck, state police said.
The male, in his mid-20s, was airlifted to Albany Medical Center Friday morning at about 8 a.m. for hospitalization.
Officials said the pickup driver may have been driving while intoxicated, and authorities were awaiting blood tests late Friday to see if alcohol was indeed involved in the crash.
State Trooper Theresa Stannard said Friday afternoon that the injured driver's name would not be released because police were unable to contact his immediate relatives to tell them about the crash.
She said he was driving a 1991 Chevrolet pickup eastbound from Schroon Lake to Ticonderoga at about 7:20 a.m. Friday, when he lost control around a slight curve, attempted to regain control, and overcorrected his steering while in the path of a 1987 log truck. The crash occurred just east of Adams Lane in the hamlet of Paradox in the town of Schroon Lake.
The driver of the log truck, westbound on Rte. 74, locked up his brakes attempting to stop, swerved to the side but was unable to avoid the oncoming vehicle, and collided with the passenger side of the pickup, Stannard said. He impact smashed the half of the truck upward, she said.
"The passenger side of the truck was completely demolished and the roof was crushed," Stannard said. She investigated the crash along with state Trooper Abby Braunius.
The pickup driver was extricated from the vehicle by personnel of the Schroon Lake Fire Department prying the truck open with hydraulic devices.
The driver of the log truck was Jay Howe of Jay Howe Logging of Pottersville. A passenger was also traveling in the rig, and both were unhurt, she said.
"The log truck driver was not at fault," Stannard said.
Schroon Lake Emergency Medical Services responded, and four or so members of the squad transported the crash victim to Warrensburg, where a helicopter landed beside the Warrensburg fire hall, and he was airlifted to Albany Medical Center.
Stannard said the crash victim was ticketed for Failure to Keep Right, and other charges are may be filed, pending alcohol blood content tests.
Evidence at the scene indicated that the picjup driver might be intoxicated, Stannard said. The roadway was clear and dry, and there was only light traffic at the time, she said.
Stannard said the crash victim likely had internal injuries.
"The injuries appeared to be serious but not life-threatening," she said. "We believe he'll be okay."