MALONE - Four people are dead following two separate incidents Saturday on state Route 30 south of Malone.
The first collision occurred shortly after 2 p.m. Saturday.
Peter L. Patrenicola, 62, of Malone was traveling in a 2001 Fort Expedition northbound on Route 30, about a mile north of the site of the former Tamarack building, when he crossed the center line into the southbound lane and collided with a 2005 BMW traveling southbound, according to a New York State Police news release.
The BMW left the west shoulder of the roadway and overturned. The driver, Patrick M. Krolak, 42, of Chicago, Ill., and his passengers, 72-year-old Patrick D. Krolak and 70-year-old Rita A. Krolak of Dover, Mass., were all deceased at the scene, according to Franklin County Coroner Brian Langdon.
Mr. Patrenicolas vehicle overturned and became engulfed in flames. He was quickly rescued from the vehicle by a passerby and transported to Alice Hyde Medical Center. He was subsequently transferred to Fletcher Allen Health Care, where he is listed in stable condition.
Autopsies for the deceased victims have been scheduled. The accident remains under investigation by the Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the Troop B Collision Reconstruction Unit.
Fire and rescue units from Duane, Malone and Owls Head responded to the scene.
The fourth fatality on Route 30 on Saturday occurred just after 11 p.m. about six miles south of Malone when 56-year-old Gary J. Landry, 56, of Malone, traveling north in a 2003 Ford Focus, struck Timothy L. Raymond, 40, of Malone, who was walking in the northbound lane, according to state police.
Coroner Brian Langdon also responded to the scene. Mr. Raymonds body was removed from the scene to the Canton-Potsdam Hospital, where Coroner Langdon ordered an autopsy that will be performed at a later date.
The accident remains under investigation by Malone-based state police BCI and the Troop B Collision Reconstruction Unit.