NEW YORK STATE POLICE
1220 WASHINGTON AVE.
ALBANY, N. Y. 12226-2252
Captain Michael T. Eaton
Acting Troop Commander
The New York State Police are currently investigating a fatal motor vehicle accident that occurred on the New York State Thruway on February 12, 2013 at 8:06 pm in the Town of Lancaster.
At 6:40 pm the State Police responded to a 1 vehicle accident on the I-90 in the Town of Lancaster. Prior to patrols arrival, the operator walked away from the scene towards a side road in the Town of Lancaster. The State Police and Lancaster Police were checking the area in an attempt to locate the driver.
At 8:06 pm, a 2005 Volvo tractor trailer was traveling east on the I-90 in the driving lane when it struck and killed a pedestrian that had entered the driving lane. It is believed that pedestrian was the driver from the earlier accident. The tractor trailer driver, a 43 year old male from Quebec Canada, was not injured. No tickets have been issued to the tractor trailer driver.
The eastbound lanes were closed until approximately 1:20 am for accident investigation and reconstruction.
The name of the victim is not being released pending positive identification and family notifications. Additional press release will be sent.
Anyone that may have witness information is asked to contact SP Clarence at 716-759-6831 or SP Buffalo at 716-935-6570.