P olice are continuing to investigate a head-on collision that sent two men to the hospital last Wednesday.
Jason Gutowski, a New York State Police Trooper, said police were continuing to investigate what caused Dylan T. Evans, 20, of Granville to drive across the center line and strike the rear-portion of a dump truck. Evans was seriously hurt and has been hospitalized since the accident and police are waiting for him to recover before concluding their investigation.
Police are looking into whether Evans was under the influence of drugs, based on evidence at the site of the accident that indicated he may have been impaired. A blood sample was taken to be tested for possible drug and alcohol content but the results of that test were not known as of Monday.
Evans was traveling east on Route 149, just west of the intersection of Route 22, around 10 a.m. on June 16 when the Ford Ranger pickup truck he was operating veered in the westbound lane and collided with the rear wheels of a dump truck carrying a load of logs. The collision knocked the truck on its sides, spilling logs onto the shoulder of the road and ripping the rear axle from the truck.
Members of the Granville Engine and Hose Company responded to the scene and had to remove the roof and door and Evans’ pickup truck to free him from the vehicle. Ryan Pedone, chief, said it took crews 10 minutes to remove Evans from the vehicle.
“The crews immediately stabilized the vehicle and removed the victim,” Pedone said. “The guys did a great job; their training really paid off.
Evans suffered a serious broken leg and two broken arms in the crash and was transported by ambulance to Great Meadow Correctional Facility and was then airlifted to Albany Medical Center. He was slated to undergo surgery Monday to correct his injuries and is listed in fair condition.
The driver of the dump truck, Raymond Martindale of Salem, had leg pain and was taken to Glens Falls Hospital.
It’s unclear what caused Evans to veer into the oncoming lane. Gutowski said Martindale drove as far over on the shoulder of the road as he could in effort to avoid the collision.
The accident closed Route 149 for more than two hours as crews worked to clean the roadway of debris.