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Large rock falls onto Route 73; no one reported hurt

October 31, 2017
By PETER CROWLEY - For the News ( , Lake Placid News

A boulder partially blocked state Route 73 Monday evening near the Cascade lakes, but no injuries or damaged vehicles were reported.

A photo of the rock, posted on Facebook, showed it took up half of one lane of traffic and was roughly as tall as it was wide.

Marc Loiacono of Jay said he was driving east on the two-lane highway from Lake Placid toward Keene around 6:30 or 6:45 p.m. when he saw flashing police car lights. Then he came upon the reason the police were there. He described the rock as "enormous."

"I kind of wanted to take a picture, but it was dark and windy and rainy and lousy," he said.

Loiacono said he saw no other driver on the road at the time, except police and highway vehicles. He's glad the traffic was sparse.

"If that came down and hit somebody, that was the end," he said.

State troopers got a call to respond to the scene at 6:22 p.m., and Route 73 was partially blocked for about an hour-and-a-half until the boulder was removed, according to Trooper Jennifer Fleishman, spokeperson for state police Troop B.

State Department of Transportation spokesman Bryan Viggiani said DOT crews responded and removed the rock, reopening the road. A DOT geologist was to visit the scene Tuesday to see if further action is needed.



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