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01 March 2012
Separate Tractor Trailer Accidents Close NYS Thruway East Bound Lanes
NEW YORK STATE POLICE
Major Robert C. Meyers
Troop T Commander
Rotterdam, NY - March 1, 2012
A pair of separate property damage accidents involving two tractor trailers forced the closure of the NYS Thruway's east bound lanes near Exit 25A for 5 hours Wednesday night.
State Police at Fultonville say that the first accident occurred around 8:16 PM when an east bound tractor trailer, owned by Crete Carrier Corp of Lincoln, Nebraska went out of control on the snow covered roadway, jack-knifed and ran off into the median where it struck and damaged a large portion of the guide rail. The driver, 37 year old Francis M. Karanja of Murfreesboro, TN was uninjured and was issued a ticket for speed unreasonable for roadway conditions.
The second accident occurred at 8:20 PM when a second east bound tractor trailer owned by Pro-Trans Logisitics, Inc of Algonqin, IL spun out of control at the start of the east bound deceleration ramp into Exit 25A. Initially striking and damaging a crash cushion located between the roadway and exit ramp, the truck continued east where the trailer struck the cement support for the D&H Rail Road overpass. The trailer, loaded with general merchandise, was demolished in the accident and its contents and debris littered the roadway, forcing closure of the exit ramp and east bound lanes. The driver, 38 year old Robert Kun of Phoenix, AZ was uninjured and he too was issued a ticket for speed unreasonable for roadway conditions.
The rail road overpass structure was undamaged and both trucks were towed from the scene by Gary's Towing.
East bound traffic was detoured at Exit 26 and vehicles caught behind the accident scene were rerouted off the Thruway. New York State Thruway Maintenance personnel repopened the east bound lanes at 1:30 AM Thursday morning.
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