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6 transported to hospital after 3-car accident on SR-73

By Faith Heaton Jolley | Posted - May 19th, 2013 @ 9:25am

SARATOGA SPRINGS — A pickup truck driving in the wrong lane caused a three vehicle accident that sent six people to the hospital Saturday night and closed SR-73 for several hours.

Saratoga Springs Police officers responded to a reported accident involving three vehicles at 9:30 p.m. near 1200 W. SR-73.

Upon investigation, officers discovered that a pickup truck traveling westbound on SR-73 had crossed into the eastbound lanes of oncoming traffic and hit a mini-van with two people. The mini-van rolled and the driver was ejected.

After hitting the mini-van, the truck continued driving in the wrong direction and hit an SUV head on. The SUV had a driver and passenger and child in a child safety seat.

The child was air lifted to a pediatric hospital with serious injuries. The other two occupants of the SUV were transported by ambulance to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The driver and passenger of the mini-van were also transported by ambulance to a local hospital for treatment of serious injuries.

The adult male driver of the truck was pinned inside the cab of his vehicle after the two collisions. Saratoga Springs Fire department responders were able to extricate him from the vehicle. He was also life flighted to a hospital with critical injuries.

SR-73 was closed for four hours during the response and clean up of the accidents, but was reopened as of 2 a.m. Saturday night.

Investigators will determine if alcohol, drugs or distracted driving were a factor in the accident.

More information will be posted as it becomes available.

Faith Heaton Jolley

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