ALBANY, N.Y. – The driver of a tractor trailer involved in an accident on the Thruway I-87 southbound early Friday morning has died.
State Police believe the driver of the tandem tractor trailer pulled over at Exit 23 to inspect the vehicle when the truck began to roll forward.The driver, identified as 45-year-old Jeffrey Schertzer of Lemoyne, PA, was subsequently run over and killed by the tractor trailer.
The unoccupied vehicle continued to roll forward a short distance onto the Thruway before crashing into the center barrier. The tractor trailer then jack-knifed at the end of the construction zone and blocked the roadway for several hours.
The call for the accident came in around 3:11 a.m. Authorities then had to close the Thruway between Exits 24 and 22. The exact cause of the accident is still under investigation.
The driver was found deceased at the scene. No other vehicles were involved and no other injuries were reported.
The tractor trailer was towed from the roadway around 7 a.m., and one lane of southbound traffic was reopened.
All southbound and eastbound traffic was detoured off the roadway at Exit 24. The Thruway Authority expects to open I-87 SB to Exit 23, but the roadway is expected to remain closed southbound between Exits 23 and 22 through the morning rush hour traffic.
Motorists traveling eastbound on I-90 in the Capital Region should exit the roadway at Exit 24 and continue eastbound on I-90 to reach destinations in the Albany area.
Long distance travelers who wish to access I-87 southbound toward New York City or the New York Thruway Berkshire Connector to the Massachusetts Turnpike should also leave the Thruway at Exit 24 and continue eastbound on I-90 past Exit 12 to the junction with the Berkshire Connector.
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