Personal Injury

Driver to be charged for tractor trailer crash on N.Y. overpass

18 wheeler crash NY bridge overturned truck WXXI News image Driver to be charged for tractor trailer crash on N.Y. overpassAuthorities investigating a tractor trailer crash that happened Monday on I-490 just west of Rochester said they are charging the vehicle’s driver.

According to Time Warner Cable News, the Monroe County, N.Y., Sheriff’s office said they are charging driver Myron Dimon Jr., 63, of Oswego, N.Y., with driving at an unreasonable speed and unsafely changing lanes.

Mr. Dimon was on the I-490 overpass to I-390 North in the town of Gates when around 12:25 p.m. he lost control of his tractor trailer in the eastbound lane. The truck flipped onto its side and the cab crashed through the guardrail, leaving the front end of the truck dangling perilously from the bridge.

Rescuers from multiple departments responded to the crash, coordinating efforts to free Mr. Dimon from the vehicle. It took nearly two hours for responders to remove the driver from the wreckage.

Mr. Dimon was taken to a nearby hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and is expected to make a full recovery. There were no reports of additional vehicles involved in the crash or injuries.

“If that tractor section and/or that trailer section been forward more, we would have had a catastrophic event,” Gates Fire Chief Jim Harrington told Time Warner Cable News.

The crash shut down the overpass for several hours as crews worked to secure the truck and haul it back onto the bridge. The N.Y. Department of Transportation reported that concrete barriers had to be placed on the overpass where the guardrails were destroyed before the bridge could be reopened to traffic.

Transportation officials are inspecting the bridge for signs of structural damage and urge motorists to use caution when driving over that section.

The tractor trailer is owned and operated by Land Air Express of New England. The trucking company apologized for the crash and the traffic disruption it caused in a statement and said that it is cooperating with the investigation.

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