KISKATOM — The driver of a tractor-trailer hauling milk from Dutchess County suffered only minor injuries when his rig rolled over in Kiskatom on Sunday morning, said Capt. Tracey Quinn of the Greene County Sheriff’s Office.
“He was very lucky,” Kiskatom fire chief Pete Kusminsky said.
The tractor-trailer tanker, which was carrying milk, was traveling east on Route 23A in the area of Underhill Road, when the driver lost control on a curve, hit a utility pole and rolled over a guard rail. The truck came to rest in a field on the south side of the road.
It is unclear whether the trailer, which was torn to shreds, spilled any of its load. The state Department of Environmental Conservation was not called to the scene for a cleanup.
The driver was not identified by police, but Quinn said he is 27 years old and is from Tivoli, Quinn said.
At about 6:55 a.m., Greene County 911 sent Kiskatom Fire Company and Catskill Ambulance to the scene after receiving numerous reports of the crash.
Paramedics examined the driver at the scene, but he refused medical treatment.
A Life Net helicopter was placed on stand-by, but was not needed.
Central Hudson Gas and Electric was requested to the scene to shut off power so first responders could work, as live wires were brought down in the accident.
Route 23A remained closed, between Grove School Road and Underhill Road for more than six hours. Traffic was controlled by Kiskatom fire police.
Several large tow trucks from Gallagher’s Garage were brought to the scene, to get the tractor trailer back on the road, and to tow it away.
The crash knocked out power, phone service, and cable television to the area.
After the truck was removed, Central Hudson replaced the utility pole, and began to restore electric service to the area. Verizon then restored phone service.
New York State Department of Transportation crews were on the scene to make repairs to the damaged guardrail.
The Greene County Sheriff’s Office investigated. The were assisted by state police.