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According to Sheriff Jeffrey J. Murphy, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office responded to a four car personal injury motor vehicle accident on State Route 4 in the Town of Fort Ann on May 22, 2017 at approximately 3:38pm.
A vehicle driven by Edward R. Wilson, 73, of Putnam Station was traveling northbound on State Route 4 when it entered the opposing lane and struck a southbound vehicle head-on. The second vehicle was driven by Dawn A. Cody, 47, of West Street in Whitehall. Wilson’s vehicle came to rest after the initial collision when it struck a guide rail and rock wall off the roadway.
Wilson suffered chest, neck and arm injuries and his wife Adrienne R. Wilson, 72, a front seat passenger, had to be extricated from the vehicle. She suffered neck, arm and leg injuries. Both were transported to Glens Falls Hospital by Fort Ann EMS.
Cody’s vehicle rolled on it’s side following the collision. Cody was transported to Glens Falls Hospital for evaluation. A passenger in her vehicle at the time, Mark Martell, 55 of West Street in Whitehall reported no apparent injuries.
A third vehicle driven by Ingrid K. Johnston, 49, of Rutland Vermont was unable to stop in time and struck Cody’s vehicle. Additionally, a fourth vehicle, driven by Alexander M. Smith, 19, of Braydon Avenue in Queensbury was also damaged as Smith was unable to avoid debris from the initial collision.
A portion of State Route 4 was closed until approximately 5:15pm.
Fort Ann Fire and EMS along with Kingsbury Fire and Whitehall Fire companies assisted on scene.
Deputies are investigating what caused Wilson to leave his lane of travel and have not ruled out the possibility that Wilson may have suffered some type of medical event before the crash.
The case is being handled by Deputy Kyle Kolar.