Minivan crashes into utility pole

SARANAC LAKE – A minivan careened across two lanes of traffic and crashed into a uility pole Sunday morning after the driver’s foot accidentally hit the gas pedal, village police said.

John J. Phillips Jr., 96, of Saranac Lake, and his passenger, Mary G. Clarkson, 69, were taken to the hospital for evaluation after the crash, which took place around 9:50 a.m. at the corner of Margaret Street and Bloomingdale Avenue.

Police said in a press release that Phillips was stopped at the intersection in his 1999 Honda Minivan “when his foot allegedly slipped off the brake pedal and struck the gas.” The van raced forward across both lanes of Bloomingdale Avenue, crossed two lawns and then returned to the street, striking a state Department of Transportation sign and then hitting a uilty pole, causing the traffic signal at the intersection of Bloomingdale Avenue and Church Street to malfunction.

Phillips and Clarkson both had complaints of pain and were taken to Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake by the Saranac Lake Volunteer Rescue Squad. Police had no additional information this morning on any specific injuries the two complained of.

Police ticketed Phillips for moving from lane unsafely.

The Saranac Lake Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene with one truck and 11 members, providing traffic control until roughly 11 a.m.

State Department of Transportation crews respaired the traffic signal by 5 p.m., police said.