GUILDERLAND, N.Y. (NEWS10) — State police have confirmed there were casualties in the crash on the Thruway Friday night after a serious crash left traffic at a standstill for hours.
Police have identified the driver that was heading the wrong way as 71-year old George Bradwell. He was pronounced dead on the scene.
Bradwell was driving north in the southbound lanes by Exits 23 and 24 in a Hyundai Sonata when he crashed into a Chrysler and a minivan shortly after 9:30 p.m.
That minivan was then hit by two other vehicles, a Chevrolet Cobalt and a Dodge pickup.
The Chrysler was driven by 37-year old Robert Prior who was brought to Albany Medical Center where he also died.
The driver of the Chevrolet, 64-year-old Antione Marcais, only suffered a hand injury. The driver of the pickup, 27-year-old John Shatraw III, was not injured.
State police called it “very serious” and traffic was at a standstill for hours as drivers waited for police to clear the scene on the southbound lanes.
Traffic was shut down for about five hours but then reopened around 3:30 a.m. Saturday morning.
The accident is still under investigation.