Saranac Lake man critical after crash in Cadyville

CADYVILLE — A Saranac Lake man is in critical condition after his vehicle veered off the road, crashed into an earth embankment, flew through the air and then struck a tree.

Richard A. Trudeau, 85, was driving a 2017 Chevrolet SUV northeast on Route 3 around 10:52 a.m. Wednesday when the vehicle drifted into the oncoming lane and continued off the northwest shoulder near 3048 Route 3, not far from Campbell Way, state police Troop B Public Information Officer Trooper Jennifer Fleishman said.

The vehicle traveled down an embankment, struck another earth embankment and then the tree before coming to rest next to a tributary to the Saranac River, Fleishman said.

Radio dispatches over the scanner said the vehicle plunged into the river, but that wasn’t the case, she said.

Trudeau was trapped in his vehicle, and emergency personnel brought extrication equipment to free him, according to scanner reports.

The airbag had deployed, Clinton County Dispatch said as rescue was launched, but the man was conscious and breathing.

Trudeau suffered several injuries, including head trauma, Fleishman said.

He was taken by ambulance to Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital in Plattsburgh and then transferred to the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington, where he was listed in critical condition Thursday.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation, Fleishman said.

Trudeau is president of Trudeau Sand and Gravel Inc., located on Route 3 in Saranac Lake, and is still involved in the business.