A local woman was seriously injured last Wednesday after a vehicle she was driving was struck by a tractor trailer.
Joanne Eagan, 39, of Clemons had to be transported by helicopter to Albany after she suffered serious injuries in a three-vehicle crash that occurred around noon on State Route 4. Police believe cell phone use may have contributed to the crash.
Eagan suffered injuries to her spleen and broke a number of bones. She had to undergo emergency surgery to stop internal bleeding. As of the end of last week, she was listed in serious, but stable condition.
According to the Washington County Sheriff’s Department, Eagan was traveling eastbound on Route 4 and had slowed down to make a left turn into Dudley’s Garage, when she was struck from behind by a 2006 Honda operated by Kellogg Murphy, 41, of Queensbury.
The impact drove Eagan’s minivan across the center line and into the path of a 2011 Peterbult Tractor Trailer operated by Michael Cloutier, 43, of Broadalbin.
The tractor trailer struck the minivan causing it to go back into the east lane before it came to rest. Kellogg’s vehicle came to rest of the shoulder facing south. The tractor trailer went into a ditch on the right side of the roadway, traveling about 50 feet before coming back onto the road and striking the far bank.
The accident blocked the entire roadway and State Route 4 had to be closed for several hours as the scene was cleared.
Police believe cell phone use may have contributed to the accident and investigating the matter further. Charges are possible.
The Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by Whitehall Village Police, the Whitehall Volunteer Fire Company, and the Skenesborough and Fort Ann Rescue squads.