A crash involving two tractor-trailers yesterday afternoon on I-87 in Newburgh resulted in serious injuries for one driver and closure of the Thruway for 12 hours.
The crash took place at approximately 3:52 p.m. yesterday near mile-marker 63.3 on the southbound side of the Thruway.
According to initial investigation by New York State Police, Vehicle One, a tandem tractor-trailer hauling recycled aluminum cans, was traveling in the right lane slowing for an active construction zone which also contained an unrelated motor vehicle crash, when Vehicle Two, a second tractor-trailer, traveling at a high rate of speed, rear-ended the tandem tractor-trailer, resulting in the rear tandem trailer of Vehicle One to lift, and then finally come to rest on top of both the tractor and trailer of Vehicle Two (see top photo).
The operator of Vehicle One, Charles L. Irish, age 55, of Greenwich, NY, was treated on scene and released.
The operator of Vehicle Two, Daniel Brodeur, age 44, of La Patrie, Quebec, was entrapped within the tractor cab, and extricated by Cronomer Valley Fire Department. Brodeur was then air lifted by Life Net to Westchester Medical Center with serious injuries.
I-87 was closed for approximately 12 hours due to this serious crash, the recovery of both compromised trailer loads, and cleanup of the related diesel fuel spill.
The New York State Police were assisted on scene by Cronomer Valley Fire Department, Newburgh Ambulance, Life Net, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Troop T Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit, the Troop T and Troop F Collision Reconstruction Units.