Local woman dies in Thanksgiving crash

A fatal car crash snapped a utility pole Thanksgiving afternoon on Franklin County Route 55 between Bloomingdale and Gabriels. (Photo provided — Ryan Murray)

GABRIELS — While most people were eating their Thanksgiving dinners Thursday afternoon and evening, emergency responders spent hours out at the scene where a local woman died in a car crash.

Dana Conway, 34, of Bloomingdale was driving a 2003 Mitsubishi Outlander that went off Franklin County Route 55 and struck a utility pole, snapping it in half, according to state police Sgt. Dustin Anderson. No other people or vehicles were involved in the crash. National Grid reset the power pole.

Conway was a mother of three children and a 2001 graduate of Saranac Lake High School, according to her brother Will Everett of Boston.

“She was a beloved sister and a beloved mother, and we were all looking forward to being together for the holiday and being thankful for each other’s presence,” Everett said Friday.

The crash took place near Split Rock Road in Gabriels, and police were notified at 2:52 p.m., Anderson said. Firefighters immediately closed Route 55 and kept it closed until late that night.

Anderson confirmed that some snow and ice were on the roadway and that the crash site was not on a curve. He said it was too early to give further details because state police are still reconstructing and investigating the crash.

Ryan Murray of Paul Smiths said he was driving to Bloomingdale when he came upon the crash scene and people asked him to stop and help.

“I was one of the first people there,” he said.

He said the victim was underneath the upside-down car.

“There was no helping [her],” he said.

Murray said the road was icy at the time. He also described Route 55 as “an awful road” in general. He said he couldn’t tell what kind of car it was due to its damage from rolling over and hitting the utility pole.

“It definitely was something tough to see. I’ve never seen something like that before.”

(Editor’s note: The Ryan Murray quoted here is not the same Ryan Murray who is a member of the Saranac Lake Volunteer Rescue Squad.)