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Police: Medical episode may have preceded fatal crash

PAUL SMITHS — More information has come to light about a fatal crash Tuesday evening.

Some information was available Wednesday, from the coroner and fire departments, but a State Police press release Thursday morning filled in details, such as the man’s hometown and age, and that a medical episode may have led up to the crash.

Alson J. Novak was 75 years old and lived in Massena. He was driving north on state Route 30 when his vehicle went off the east side of the road and struck guide wires on the shoulder. Police and emergency personnel were called to the scene at 6:43 p.m.

Based on a preliminary investigation, State Police said Novak may have suffered a medical emergency before the crash.

“Witnesses at the scene removed Novak from his vehicle and began CPR until Saranac Lake EMS arrived and took over,” the police press release said.

Franklin County Coroner Ron Keough pronounced Novak dead at the scene of the crash, near Mountain Pond, at 7:52 p.m.