By LEVI PASCHER
Fulton County Express
JOHNSTOWN – Five adults and three young children were transported to local hospitals on Monday afternoon following a serious two vehicle head-on collision in the town of Johnstown, according to Fulton County Sheriff Thomas Lorey.
He said around 1:10 p.m. the driver of a red minivan heading east on Route 29 was allegedly impaired by drugs when she crossed the center line and collided with a blue sedan heading west, near the intersection with Ashler Road.
Lorey said the operator of the red Ford minivan, Joelle K. Keier, 24, of 9 Homestead Drive, Gloversville, was charged with three counts of aggravated driving while ability impaired with a child passenger, a felony, DWAI drugs, driving with a suspended license, driving without a seatbelt, and three counts of endangering the welfare of a child.
She was additionally charged with failure to keep right, operating a vehicle without child restraint devices, unlawful possession of marijuana and criminal possession of a controlled substance.
“We came to that conclusion based on the evidence at the scene,” Lorey said.
Lorey said a blood sample was drawn from Keier following the accident and it has been sent to the lab to be analyzed.
The sheriff said Michael Keier, 27, Brandon Sawyer, 8, Kylee Keier, 4, and Savannah Keier, 2, were also in the vehicle at the time of the accident.
The blue Hyundai sedan was being operated by Beth A. Durkee, 53, of 270 Lamplighter Acres, Fort Edward, and she was transporting two passengers, 22-year-old Matthew Durkee and 20-year-old Allison Scribner, at the time of the accident.
Several ambulances were dispatched to the scene along with numerous other emergency personnel.
Authorities said all eight of the people involved in the collision were transported by ambulance to local hospitals.
Lorey said he was unaware of the condition of those involved on Tuesday morning.
“All of the people involved were transported to local hospitals by ambulance,” Lorey said. “I don’t think there were any life threatening injuries.”
The incident resulted in a temporary road closure in the area around the accident but the area was later opened to traffic on Monday afternoon.
Lorey said Keier was scheduled to be arraigned on the charges in Town of Johnstown Court on Tuesday morning.