20 August 2019
 
 
NEW YORK STATE POLICE
Major Darrin S. Pitkin
Troop B Commander
 
 
 
PRESS RELEASE

 

On August 20, 2019 at 6:26 a.m., State Police responded to a single vehicle accident on Interstate 87, northbound near mile post marker 108 in the town of Elizabethtown. An investigation at the scene revealed that a 1997 Ford Pick-up truck towing a Haulmark enclosed trailer departed the roadway on the western shoulder due to tire failure on the trailer. The truck and trailer struck the median and became engulfed in flames.

 

Driver Justin L. Blankenship, 40, of North Tonawanda, was taken to University of Vermont Health Network at Elizabethtown Community hospital and released with minor injuries. Front seat passenger, Michael C. Massman, 50, of North Tonawanda, was life flighted to University of Vermont Medical Center with a punctured lung and burns to his legs.

 

Blankenship was unlicensed and was issued multiple traffic tickets. Both occupants of the vehicle were not wearing seatbelts at the time of the accident.

 

Elizabethtown and North Hudson Fire Departments responded to the scene.



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