31 August 2020
Major Jennifer Gottstine
   Troop T Commander


UPDATE:  On August 31, 2020 at approximately 12:30 a.m., State Police responded to the area of I-90 westbound in the town of Rotterdam, for a report of a tractor trailer that struck a portion of the Gordon Road overpass and left the scene. 


Upon arrival, the Troopers discovered the impact caused the trailer to split open and a bag containing iron oxide spilled out onto the roadway.  A significant amount of the dry chemical was present between mile marker 161 and 161.4. 


Troopers were able to follow markings along the roadway from the spilled iron oxide at the scene, to where the tractor trailer exited the Thruway at Amsterdam.  At approximately 5:00 a.m., the 2007 Mack truck from N&V Group out of Philadelphia, PA, was located at its destination, with the driver unloading the damaged trailer at Benjamin Moore in the city of Amsterdam.


The driver of the of the truck, Mohamed M. Sheriff, 29, of Philadelphia, PA, was aware of the damage and spilled contents, and was taken into custody, transported, and processed at SP Fultonville. 


Sheriff was charged with Reckless Endangerment; a Class A Misdemeanor, and several vehicle and traffic violations, including leaving the scene of a property damage accident.  He was issued an appearance ticket returnable to the Town of Rotterdam Court on September 17, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.


All westbound traffic was diverted off the Thruway at the Schenectady exit onto I-890 and re-entered at the Rotterdam exit, until clean-up was complete.  State Police were assisted on scene by DEC Spill Response Team, NRC Environmental Services (Hazmat company), Schenectady County Fire Coordinator Office, Schonowe Fire Department, South Schenectady Fire Department, Capital Fire Department and Decontamination Team from Knowles Atomic, Schenectady County Hazmat Team, as well as the Thruway Authority Traffic Safety and Maintenance.    


UPDATE:  I-90 traffic diversion in Schenectady County due to earlier chemical spill has been lifted. Traffic is flowing, right lane is still closed for cleanup.


UPDATE: A preliminary investigation has identified the substance as iron oxide. The material is hazardous if a person has direct and continuous contact with the substance.


The public is not in any direct danger. Cleanup along I-90 continues at this time.


Rotterdam, NY - State Police are currently on the scene of a dry chemical spill in the roadway on I-90 westbound between mile marker 161 and 161.4 in the town of Rotterdam, Schenectady County. 


All westbound traffic is being diverted off the Thruway at exit 25 Schenectady and may re-enter at exit 26 Rotterdam.  The expected duration of the road closure will be until approximately 12:00 p.m.  


More information will be released as it becomes available.  


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