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Collision injures 3 people, closes Route 3 between Bloomingdale and Vermontville

August 30, 2019
By KEVIN SHEA - For the News ( , Lake Placid News

BLOOMINGDALE -- State Route 3 was closed Friday morning because of a two-vehicle collision that injured three people.

The collision was reported shortly after 7:30 a.m. Police cars, ambulances and fire trucks from various departments were centered around the scene of the collision between Bloomingdale and Vermontville.

Three people were seriously injured, but they appeared to be stable, according to State Police. The identities of the injured are not yet available. There were no fatalities, Sgt. John St. Marie said at 2:20 p.m.

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A collision on state Route 3 in Vermontville temporarily shut down the highway Friday morning.
(News photo — Kevin Shea)

Volunteer fire departments from Bloomingdale, Paul Smiths-Gabriels and Saranac Lake responded and provided tools and assistance to extricate people from the vehicles.

The road was shut down after the collision until around 10 a.m., according to State Police. At 8:15 a.m., cars were lined up on Route 3 coming from Bloomingdale. Some parked on the side of the road, and others remained in the road, waiting to get through. But the wreckage had not been removed, and no one was allowed through.

Just after 8:30 a.m., firefighters ushered cars back the way they had come. A firetruck left the scene and was parked just outside Bloomingdale with its lights on, stopping approaching cars and sending them back the way they had come.



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