The Broome County Sheriff’s Office responded to multiple tractor-trailers MVA on Interstate 81 south in the Town of Kirkwood Tuesday morning at about 5:40 AM. Deputies arrived to find numerous vehicles on fire, blocking all lanes and with a significant diesel fuel spill. The Preliminary investigation revealed that a southbound tractor-trailer from Canada, hauling canned goods, rear-ended a car carrier loaded with new SUV’s, 3 of them burst into flames. The second tractor-trailer then veered to the left, striking a third tractor-trailer and sheared open the fuel tank. The first truck, operated by Andrew High out of Ontario, Canada, also caught fire and came to rest partially in the median of Interstate 81. High suffered a head injury and was transported to Wilson Hospital for treatment; he was ticketed for Following Too Closely. The investigation is continuing and further charges may be filed. Interstate 81 South was closed for over 3 hours before opening two lanes of traffic.
Governor Cuomo will visit Broome County today. The governor is expected to tour BAE systems as part of the Regional Economic Development Tour. Regional economic councils are vying for state funds for economic development projects.
More than 70 NYSEG and RG&E gas fitters, gas supervisors, field service representatives and garage mechanics are supporting natural gas service restoration on Long Island, as the recovery from Hurricane Sandy continues. About one-third of the NYSEG and Rochester Gas & Electric employees arrived on Long Island on Monday, November 26th the remainder arrived there last Friday. The NYSEG employees were dispatched from Binghamton, Oneonta, Norwich and many other locations.
The Chenango county sheriffs department arrested 20-year-old Travis Demuth of Oxford for 2nd degree Criminal Contempt. Demuth is accused of violating an active order of protection issued in the Town of Norwich Court; he was released on his own recognizance and is to reappear in the Town of Afton Court at a later date.
The state health department will officially observe World AIDS Day today, at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany. Today at 1:30 p.m., the State Health Department will honor young people and youth leaders from across the State for their leadership, compassion and extraordinary efforts in raising awareness of HIV/AIDS in schools or communities. More information on World AIDS Day Expo activities is available at the Department of Health webpage at: www.health.ny.gov/WAD.