PUTNAM VALLEY, N.Y. -- Southbound drivers on the Taconic State Parkway faced a scary sight around 2:30 p.m., Monday, as an elderly man reportedly drove his car northbound against the flow of traffic for almost three miles, state police said.
Police received multiple 911 calls that a car entered the southbound roadway at Pudding Street. Police said the1996 Nissan Altima forced several cars of the road and sideswiped a sport-utility vehicle, before crashing into a guide rail in the town of Kent.
No injuries were reported but the 87-year-old driver appeared to be disoriented, police said. He was taken to Putnam Hospital by the Putnam Valley Fire Department Rescue Squad for medical evaluation. Police said he did not appear to be under the influence of any drugs or alcohol.
The Mohegan Lake man's driving privileges will be reviewed by the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles. He was issued several tickets as a result of the crash investigation, including driving the wrong way on a controlled-access highway.
One southbound lane of the Taconic in the area of State Route 301 was closed for about an hour as State Police investigated the incident and the damaged vehicles were removed by tow trucks.