Tons of Construction Debris Dumped In JC Crash
Traffic was snarled on the Southern Tier Expressway for hours after a tractor-trailer hauling construction debris overturned, dumping its load.
The westbound truck crashed around 7 a.m. Monday near the Airport Road exit of Route 17 in Johnson City.
The rig was hauling tons of construction waste from New York City to a disposal facility near Horseheads.
Debris from the trailer spilled off the north side of the highway. Heavy equipment was brought to the scene to clean up the mess.
The truck driver told WNBF News at the scene that a car cut off his vehicle, prompting him to apply the brakes to avoid a collision. He said the trailer began to sway uncontrollably until it wound up on its side. The driver said he left the Bronx around 3:45 a.m.
According to the Broome County Sheriff's Office, no injuries were reported.
The driver was issued tickets for failure to maintain lane and having an improper log book.
The sheriff's office commercial vehicle unit cited the trucking company for 11 pre-existing conditions and one post-crash condition.
Several minor crashes occurred after the truck overturned because drivers were distracted by emergency vehicles in the area.
Traffic on Route 17 in both directions was slowed to a crawl because of the series of incidents.
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