Expressway crash sends three to local hospital

ALBANY -- Northbound lanes of the Liberty Expressway were closed for several hours Monday morning as rubble and debris from two crashes involving six vehicles littered the highway.

According to police reports, the first collision happened around 10 o'clock Monday morning when the driver of a tractor-trailer was attempting to change lanes and clipped the back of a 2008 Mercedes Benz driven by Lorraine Hargrow, 70.

Kennedy West, 47, of Dawson, was driving the tractor-trailer, owned by American Protein Inc., when he struck Hargrow.

Police said Hargrow spun out of control and struck a guardrail.

Hargrow was transported to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital for treatment of injuries and was released.

Less than a mile away from the scene of that collision, near the Jefferson Street exit of the Liberty Expressway, a second vehicle crash occurred.

Police said Dawn Marian Shaw, 39, was driving a silver Nissan Frontier when she struck an Oxford Construction Co. truck driven by Fred Lee Davis, 75.

In an attempt to avoid the rear-end collision of Shaw and Davis, Carl Gregory General Manager Mike Silver swerved and hit a guardrail in his red Dodge pickup. Police said when Silver returned to the roadway after hitting the guardrail, the pickup struck a tan GMC Yukon driven by Latoya Grace, 30.

Shaw and Davis were treated for injuries sustained and released from Phoebe.

Police said West was cited for failure to maintain a lane, and Shaw was cited for following too closely.

Several lanes of the expressway were closed Monday morning to allow for cleanup from the wreckage.