Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Poestenkill Man Involved in Accident at Patroon Bridge

State Police are continuing to investigate an incident which occurred today at about 9:30am  in the westbound lanes of Interstate 90 on the west side of the Patroon Island Bridge in Albany.

A preliminary investigation has determined that a vehicle became disabled on the roadway after the driver-side front tire blew out. The operator, Daniel P. Granger, 32, of Poestenkill, NY exited the vehicle and attempted to cross the 2 lane roadway on foot and was then struck by a tractor trailer. Granger was thrown approximately 50 feet forward where he came to rest on the roadway. He was taken to Albany Medical Center Hospital with head and chest injuries and is currently in stable condition.

The driver of the tractor trailer, Charles A. Keller, 52, was driving a Ryder Rental truck operated by ABC Refrigeration.

Officials closed the westbound lanes of Interstate 90 and diverted all traffic to Interstate 787 for approximately 3 hours during the investigation into the incident. All westbound lanes were reopened at  2:30pm.

Troopers from the Collision Reconstruction Unit and the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit, along with the SP Latham BCI assisted the Latham based Interstate Highway Patrol Troopers who led the investigation. No tickets or charges have been lodged at this time and the incident is still under investigation.

Fire and EMS units from the City of Albany responded and assisted at the scene, according to a press release from the NYS Troopers

CBS 6 on Twitter has said they are working on "filling in the gaps between State Police/Albany FD's accounts", referring to their story which stated that a man's car stopped on the bridge, the driver got out and he had to avoid being hit by jumping 50 feet off the bridge. The man then climbed up the bridge after landing in a snowbank and was then hit by a truck. The story cited Chief Warren Abriel for the information about the man voluntarily jumping off the bridge and Abriel referenced witness accounts.

A call has been put in to both the State Police and Albany Fire Department.

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