SARANAC LAKE - No injuries were reported after a state ARC van crashed into a boat parked on the side of Lake Flower Avenue just before noon on Thursday, village police said.
Brian Ready, 56, of Tupper Lake, told police he was driving the 2004 GMC van east on the road, just past the intersection with River Street, when he started coughing and blacked out.
Police Chief Bruce Nason said the van veered off the road and hit a boat parked on a trailer next to the Lake Flower Inn. The boat was pushed back into a grove of trees. There were initial reports of a power line down after the crash, but that wasn't the case, Nason said. The van sustained front-end damage.
Adirondack Motel owner Fred Mueller, left, talks with village Police Chief Bruce Nason as Saranac Lake firefighters stand over the wrecked front end of a NYSARC van that crashed into a boat Thursday in front of the Lake Flower Inn on Lake Flower Avenue.
(Enterprise photo — Chris Knight)
Nason said there were no complaints of any pain or injuries from Ready or his two passengers - Donna Girouard, 61, and Cris Zervas, 71, both of Saranac Lake - although all three were taken by the Saranac Lake Volunteer Rescue Service to Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake to be checked out, according to Head Fire Driver Rick Yorkey.
Ready was later ticketed for failure to stay in lane.
The Saranac Lake Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene at 11:45 a.m. with one truck and 10 members. Firefighters assisted rescue personnel and provided traffic control, returning to the fire station by 12:46 p.m.
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