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August 13, 2012

Fiery I-88 crash kills 1, injures 2

Tractor-trailer drove off overpass, struck car below

Staff Report

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One person was dead and two others were seriously burned after a tractor-trailer and passenger vehicle collided in the town of Richmondville on Sunday afternoon, state police at Cobleskill said.

At about noon Sunday, Cobleskill troopers responded to reports of a tractor-trailer traveling off of an Interstate 88 westbound overpass and striking the passenger vehicle below, which was traveling on state Route 7 in Richmondville in Schoharie County, the release said.

When troopers arrived minutes later, both vehicles were engulfed in flames, the release said. The tractor-trailer wasn't carrying hazardous materials at the time of the accident, which is under investigation.

The state Department of Transportation closed Route 7 in Richmondville in both directions Sunday afternoon, according to an alert.

The notice issued at 2 p.m. was set to expire at 11 p.m. today, the TransAlert website said at 9:30 p.m. Sunday.

The tractor-trailer driver, whose identity was withheld Sunday night pending notification of family, was found dead in the wreckage, the release said,

The two occupants of the passenger vehicle were taken to Westchester Medical Center for treatment of burns, troopers said. Names of the passenger vehicle occupants weren't released.

Troopers ask anyone with information about the accident to call the Cobleskill station at (518) 234-9402.