A fatal accident on 787 in Albany at 1:30 Thursday morning, disrupted traffic for a full 10-hours. It was a head-on crash between Exits 3 and 4 in Albany.
Sgt. James Allendorph, with State Police Troop G in Loudonville, says the gasoline tanker involved in the crash was heading north on 787. When the tanker's driver saw the lights of a red utility truck coming at him, he tried to take evasive action.
"It was a utility truck that had gotten on 787, going the wrong way," Sgt. Allendorph says. "It was going southbound in the northbound lane of travel."
The driver of the southbound truck was killed. Police identified him as William S. Papale, Sr., of Shelton, Connecticut.
Police hope Papale's son, who was in the truck with him, will be able to tell them where the truck entered the highway.
William Papale, Jr. is in Albany Medical Center recovering from his injuries. The driver of the tanker was not hurt.
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