Another truck slams into parked Department of Transportation vehicle on Interstate 86, causes injuries

HINSDALE — For the second time in just over a month, a tractor-trailer-type vehicle collided with a parked New York State Department of Transportation vehicle on Interstate 86. Both drivers involved in the two-vehicle accident were injured, said Hinsdale First Assistant Fire Chief Greg Church. The incident was reported at 11:11 a.m. Tuesday after a northbound box truck rear-ended a state DOT dump truck a few miles before Exit 27. “They were patching the road,” Church said of state DOT crew. “They had a truck with a lighted arrow and work zone signs up, but for some reason he didn’t seem them.” The male driver of the box truck was airlifted via Mercy Flight to Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo with non-life threatening injuries, which included facial lacerations and back pain, Church said. He added the truck had a similar cab to a tractor trailer but was actually a box truck, and may have been a FedEx truck. A state DOT worker who was inside the parked vehicle at the time of the collision was taken to Olean General Hospital. “He just wanted to be checked out. He was just kind of shook,” Church said. New York State Police, which responded to the scene along with the Hinsdale Volunteer Fire Department, did not have any available information when contacted Tuesday afternoon. As of Tuesday evening, state police had still not posted any information, including the identities of the vehicle operators, to its website. By about 1 p.m., the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office, state police and Hinsdale firefighters had opened one of the two northbound lanes. Irrigated Response Management also responded to the scene to cleanup a diesel fuel leak caused by the accident.A similar accident occurred on Interstate 86 just west of Exit 27 Jan. 10. A tractor trailer smashed into the back of a parked state DOT plow truck, as well as an arrow board used to signal drivers to move into another lane for construction work. State police reported the accident resulted in minor injuries. “People should be aware when they’re going around these highways if there’s any construction or state people working on the roads. It’s pretty dangerous,” Church said. “People should slow down, but they don’t.”

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