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[UPDATED] Tractor-Trailer Flips, Crashes Off I-84

Accident happened at about 8:30 Friday morning. One person was reportedly injured.

Members of the and the New York State Police were at the scene of an accident on eastbound Interstate 84 in Southeast Friday.

It happened at about 8:30 a.m. A tractor-trailer flipped just before exit 19 and landed in an embankment, about 100 feet below the roadway.

Tons of emergency responders were still at the scene at 2:45 p.m. Officials at the East Fishkill barracks were unsure how long the cleanup would last.

"It's not affecting traffic," a trooper told Patch. "That's our concern."

Both lanes were open at the time, but a fleet of more than a dozen emergency vehicles on the shoulder of the road did cause motorists to reduce their speed.

The vehicle was carrying batteries, and headed out of state, authorities said. The New York City Department of Environmental Protection responded. 

Police are unsure of what caused the crash. The driver was injured and transported to the hospital. Troopers did not have details on his name, age and place of residency.

This story on LoHud.com states that a hazardous materials response team from Putnam County was called in, too. Police were unable to confirm that. 

Around 9:15 a.m., traffic was at a standstill, and backed up to exit 18. About 30 minutes later, the right lane was blocked because of emergency vehicles, and traffic was moving in the left lane.

The same was true at 10:15 a.m. At that time,  was also at the scene. Cleanup is expected to take several hours.

No other vehicles were involved.

Susan September 07, 2012 at 01:33 PM
Let me guess.......speeding??? Posted speed limit at that section is 55mph my friend, and stay out of the left lane!!!!
Kim Roberts September 07, 2012 at 01:55 PM
it's a weekly thing!!!!
Kerry Barger September 07, 2012 at 03:47 PM
That portion of 84 is actually 65 mph - it transfers over to 55 further down past exit 19 going east. And the tractor flipped down the right embankment, so no, he wasn't in the left lane.
robert jeter September 07, 2012 at 11:00 PM
he fell asleep at wheel and drifted off rode and fell about 100 feet i was right there he wasnt speeding either and it was the right lane
Robert Sheeley September 08, 2012 at 01:30 AM
It is 65 mph there and he had every right to be in the left lane if he so needed. There is no left lane restriction there. Your entire post is just anti truck. By the way I am not saying who was at fault for the accident, I am only replying to an ignorant post.
Mario A. Zeoli September 10, 2012 at 01:02 AM
Wow Susan!!! Take it easy!!! I hold a Commercial Drivers Lic. Also. Truck drivers are known to be the BEST DRIVERS OUT THERE! Be nice to that man. Without Him and The Rest of The Truckers, We Don't Get Anything Delivered To Our Shelves....
ROBERT FRANKLIN January 13, 2013 at 02:55 AM
I want to thank the people for your support about truck drivers. I like to also thank the people who also think they know what happen . I am that driver who had the accident on 09-07-2012 7:15 am. I didn't fell to sleep/or speeding or lane changing. If you must know what happen. I had a case of dry mouth took a second drink of water and most of it went down the wind pipe and i was chocking on it ,lost site of the hwy and everything my eyes just could not focus and i over correct my steering on the shoulder of the roadway. the result of this action was the result in this accident.. Robert Franklin Email= slidfranklin7@aol.com

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