The driver of a tractor-trailer was killed in a Monday morning crash in the town of Sanford, according to the Broome County Sheriff’s Office.
Cole Wood, 32, of Walton, was killed when approximately 25 steel I-beams he was towing pinned him against the steering wheel of his flatbed tractor-trailer, according to a media release.
Around 11:14 a.m., Wood was driving south on state Route 41, just north of the Cornerstone Cafe in Windsor, when he rounded a curve and came upon a slow-moving farm tractor towing a manure spreader, driven by Brad Decker, 61, of Windsor, according to the release.
Wood swerved to the right and exited the west side of the road, swiping the right rear corner of the manure spreader, according to the release. Decker swerved the tractor into a parking lot while the tractor-trailer continued into a ditch of deep mud.
After the tractor-trailer stopped, the steel beams continued their forward momentum and separated the cab from the tractor, pushing it an additional 40 feet, according to the release.
Decker had his four-way flashers activated and a reflective, slow-moving vehicle placard affixed to the rear of the tractor, according to the release. Witnesses reported that Wood was traveling below the posted speed limit prior to the accident.
Decker was not injured, according to the release.
State Route 41 was closed to vehicular traffic for several hours as deputies investigated the crash.
An initial investigation did not indicate any defects with the tractor-trailer, which is owned by Richard Gray Trucking of Bainbridge, according to the release.
Broome deputies were assisted by New York State Police and the state departments of environmental conservation and transportation, according to the release. Fire departments from Deposit, Harpursville and Windsor and emergency medical service units from Deposit and Eastern Broome also responded.