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State police investigating Northway crash involving wrong-way vehicle

LAKE GEORGE — Two people were sent to area hospitals on Tuesday, following a Northway collision involving a vehicle driving in the wrong direction.

State police said 59-year-old Cynthia L. Murphy of South Glens Falls was traveling south in a Hyundai Santa Fe on the northbound side of the highway at about 5:19 p.m. when she collided with 35-year-old Jamie Yard of Lake George, who was traveling north in a Hyundai Elantra.

Yard was airlifted to Albany Medical Center with what are believed to be non-life threatening injuries, according to police.

Murphy was taken to Glens Falls Hospital for evaluation.

The crash remains under investigation, police said.

It is the second Northway crash in recent weeks involving a vehicle driving in the wrong direction.

Earlier this month, Dennis M. Ford of Saranac Lake was charged with felony second-degree vehicular assault after police say he drove the wrong direction on the highway and collided with another car, killing two people and sending a third to the hospital.

Ford, 66, was allegedly intoxicated and also faces a misdemeanor charge for driving while intoxicated.

Police said Ford was driving his 2017 Mini Countryman north in the southbound lane at about 10:30 p.m. on Sept. 3 in Chester when he crashed head-on with a 2004 Volvo XC70 traveling south.

The two passengers in the Volvo — 27-year-old Matthew G. Huff, of Westfield, New Jersey, and 31-year-old Kerry O’Reilly, of Dorchester, Massachusetts — were pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver, 31-year-old Lauren Huff, was taken by helicopter to the University of Medical Center in Burlington, where she was listed in stable condition, police said.

If convicted, Ford could face up to 25 years in prison on the top count of aggravated vehicular homicide.

Chad Arnold is a reporter for The Post-Star covering the city of Glens Falls and the town and village of Lake George and Washington County government. Follow him on Twitter @ChadGArnold.

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