Snowplow Crash Shuts Down Lane Of New York State Thruway
New York City is one of those locations that is either lucky enough or unlucky enough to receive a good amount of snowfall each year. Snow can begin as early as November and last through April. In order to keep the city moving, it employs snowplows that clear the roadways of snow and ice to keep traffic flowing. It may be a surprise to know that while on New York roadways, snowplows can violate almost any traffic law save for DUI while they are plowing on public roads. Because of this immunity from traffic laws, this can mean that snowplows are not at fault when an accident occurs, they are immune from liability. The only exception is if the driver of the snowplow was deemed to be driving recklessly.
Syracuse.com reports that a crash between a snowplow and a truck shut down a lane of the New York State Thruway.
The incident occurred on January 6th, at about 11:03 p.m. A passing motorist contacted 911 to report that a snowplow and a semi-trailer had collided on Interstate 90 East near exit 34A. The caller reported that the tractor-trailer was smoking.
There was a fuel spill that occurred in the accident. East Syracuse firefighters and EAVES ambulance responded to the call.
Both the driver of the semi-truck and the snowplow were taken by ambulance to area hospitals. They both had traumatic injuries.
The incident shut down a lane of the Thruway for hours as crews worked to complete rescue and recovery work.
The scene has since been turned over to the state police, the DEC, and the Thruway Authority.