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Route 50 three-car crash sends three to hospitals

Route 50 three-car crash sends three to hospitals

Route 50 three-car crash sends three to hospitals
Saratoga Springs Police and Fire departments responded to this two-car accident on Route 50 Friday.
Photographer: ERICA MILLER/GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER

A Friday collision between vehicles on Route 50 left three people involved seriously injured, according to a statement release by the Saratoga Springs Police Department.

At about 7:45 p.m., the Saratoga Springs Police Department responded to a reported head-on collision on Route 50 near Leonards Road. Upon arrival officers determined there were two cars and three people involved in the accident. It was later determined that all three occupants had sustained significant injuries as a result of the crash.

An investigation showed that at the time of the accident a black 2008 Honda Accord, being driven by 40-year-old Lucian Dublea of Troy, was headed south on Route 50. The Honda drifted off the right side of the road and careened off a guide rail, police said. The car then rebounded over the double yellow center line, and into the northbound lanes of travel, said police, colliding head on with a blue 2014 Chevy Cruz that was traveling northbound.

The Chevy was being operated by 23-year-old Brittany Chase from Greenfield. Her passenger was 22-year-old April Molina from Saratoga Springs. 

All three were taken to Albany Medical Center Hospital, Dublea and Chase flown by helicopter, while Molina was transported by ambulance. Exact injuries and patient status were unavailable late Saturday.

An initial investigation indicates alcohol involvement on the part of Dublea, police said. On Saturday he had been cited for misdemeanor driving while intoxicated and failure to keep right, both misdemeanors. 

The investigation is still ongoing and additional charges are possible, said police.

Also assisting at the scene was Mohawk Ambulance, Community Ambulance, and the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office’s accident reconstruction team. The roadway was closed until about 3 a.m. Saturday as evidence was gathered.

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