Police say cell phone use caused crash

SARANAC LAKE – A father and son escaped major injuries when they drove off the road Wednesday because the driver was using his cell phone.

James L. Archer, 59, of AuSable Forks, was ticketed for using his cell phone while driving and for not wearing a seatbelt.

His son, Kevin J. Archer, 19, also of AuSable Forks, was also ticketed for no seatbelt.

Police said James Archer was driving a Ford pickup truck toward Tupper Lake on state Route 3 when he started using his cell phone. He ran off the road, hit the guide wires and came to rest on an embankment.

When the truck struck the guide wires, the front passenger-side wheel was torn from the truck. Most of the damage was to the passenger side of the vehicle.

Both Archers suffered only minor cuts and bruises and were treated at the scene. Neither needed to be transported to the hospital.

Police said the two were on their way to a landscaping job in Indian Lake, which is why they were towing a trailer laden with several lawnmowers and other landscaping equipment. The trailer landed on its side, and the equipment was strewn across the embankment, but police said none of it was damaged.

The Saranac Lake Volunteer Fire Department sent one truck and nine members to the scene, who cleaned off the roadway and directed traffic. They were called out at 10:31 a.m. and were back in service at 11:19 a.m.

Counter’s Garage in Tupper Lake towed the truck from the scene.

Contact Jessica Collier at 891-2600 ext. 26 or jcollier@adirondackdailyenterprise.com.