SARATOGA COUNTY – A work zone crash on the Northway in Saratoga County hospitalized two state DOT workers and injured another person, authorities said.
State police described two of the injuries as minor, but injuries to the third person as serious.
All three people were taken to Albany Medical Center for treatment, troopers said.
The crash happened in the same work zone where state police focused on safe driving during an Operation Hardhat initiative, state DOT said.
The crash happened just after 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in a northbound work zone just south of Exit 12, state police said. The crash involved a state DOT truck, troopers said.
Troopers did not immediately have further information on how the crash happened, but photos from the scene posted to Facebook later by the Round Lake Fire Department showed a destroyed DOT arrow trailer and a damaged DOT pickup truck that had been hauling the trailer.
The Round Lake Fire Department photos also showed a black pickup trick with extensive passenger side and front end damage, including a removed passenger side door.
“This afternoon Round Lake, Malta Ridge, and Malta-Stillwater EMS were dispatched to an accident on I87 north bound between exits 11 and 12,” the fire department wrote. “We would like to remind everyone to use caution in work zones. Observe posted speed limits, stay off your phone and watch for crews operating in the roadway.”
The Northway northbound between Exits 11 and 12 remained closed for the investigation late afternoon. Detours were in place, state police said.
“This afternoon, two vehicles collided within a Department of Transportation work zone between Exits 11 and 12 northbound on Interstate I-87, the Northway,” the state DOT said in a release. “As a result two members of the DOT family have been hospitalized, one of them in critical condition.”
State DOT officials identified the work zone as one where state police conducted a safe driving initiative called Operation Hardhat.
The state police even posted a photo to Facebook early afternoon of the morning operation, along with a photo of a state trooper disguised in a DOT pickup truck with a radar gun.
“If you were driving through a work zone on the Adirondack Northway today, you may have seen a Trooper wearing a hardhat and a traffic vest rather than the signature Stetson,” the post read. “Troop G and our partners at the Department of Transportation participated in a joint effort to highlight the importance of driving safely through area work zones.
“When encountering these zones please, follow the posted speed limit, stay off electronic devices, and move over- it could save a life,” the post continued.