08 April 2022
Major Jeffrey A. VanAuken
Troop C Commander

On April 8, 2022 at approximately 5:52 a.m., New York State Police and multiple fire departments responded to Interstate 81 south in the town of Homer for a report of a tractor trailer on fire. 

An investigation on scene determined that the operator of the tractor trailer, a 45-year-old man from Trenton, NJ was operating a tractor trailer belonging to Granger Enterprises, Inc.  For an unknown reason, he went off the roadway, struck trees and the vehicle became engulfed in flames.  The man was later located deceased in the cab. 

Members of the New York State Police Commercial Vehicle Unit and Bureau of Criminal Investigation responded to the scene.  Fire agencies included the Homer Fire Department, Preble Fire Department and New York State Fire.  The Department of Environmental Conservation, TLC Ambulance and the County Coroner also responded. 

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