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Broome Sheriff: Driver Killed in Crash that Forced Evacuation

Broome County Sheriff’s Office

Jeffrey Lind, 52, of Hallstead, Pa., was killed early Monday when the tractor trailer, owned by Xpress Natural Gas, Montrose, Pa., that he was driving swerved to avoid striking a deer on I-88 in the Town of Fenton. As a result, he lost control of the tractor trailer, struck the concrete “jersey” barrier dividing the eastbound and westbound lanes, overturned, then slid across the eastbound lanes coming to rest against the concrete barrier on the right-hand side of the eastbound lanes. The trailer contained four tanks each filled with compressed methane gas. Due to the accident, one tank was damaged and, as a result, compressed gas vented into the atmosphere. Residents near the crash who were evacuated as a precaution have returned to their homes.

Broome County Sheriff’s Office released this report:

Shortly before 1:00am this morning, deputies were dispatched to one-vehicle accident which was reported to have occurred on Interstate 88 eastbound at Exit 2 in the Town of Fenton. The accident was reported to involve a tractor trailer bearing a hazardous material placard.  The operator of the tractor was ejected from the vehicle and located a short distance from the tractor, deceased.  First responders extricated the driver from the scene and set up a perimeter a safe distance away from the accident scene.

Members of the Broome County Sheriff’s Office, the New York State Police and the Department of Transportation set up traffic control points to limit vehicular traffic in and around the accident scene.  Members of the Broome County Sheriff’s Office and local fire department personnel began evacuating all homes located within a quarter mile radius of the accident scene.  Those areas included two trailer parks — one on East Niles Road and one on Towpath Road in addition to residential houses on Niles Road, Dale Court, Ivan Lane, Chenango Street, Hartley Road and Ritchie Road. (The evacuation order has been lifted.)

Broome County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the:

New York State Police
NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
Port Dickinson Police Department
Hillcrest Fire Department
Port Dickinson Fire Department
Chenango Fire
Chenango Bridge Fire Department
Five Mile Point Fire Department
Chenango Forks Fire Department
Town of Binghamton Fire Department
Prospect Terrace Fire Department
Port Crane Fire Department
NYS Department of Transportation
NYS Office of Emergency Management
NYS Office of Fire prevention and control
Broome County Office of Emergency Services
Broome County Executive’s Office
Broome County Hazardous materials squad
The American Red Cross
Broome Ambulance Squad
Chenango Ambulance Squad
Superior Ambulance Squad
Broome County Division of Security
Broome County Parks
Radio amateur civil emergency service
Various agencies at the State and Local level who support the Emergency Operations Center.