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I-81 North near Whitney Point Opens after Trailers Crash

Photo Courtesy of Cortland County Sheriff’s Office

I-81 North was reopened in time for morning commuters Tuesday after it was closed for three hours between Exit 8 in Whitney Point and Exit 10 in the Town of Cortlandville for approximately three hours as a result of a crash involving two tractor trailers.  At approximately 3:40 a.m. Tuesday, officers from the Cortland County Sheriff’s Office responded to Interstate 81, North of exit 9 near milepost marker 42, in the Town of Marathon, for a crash involving two tractor trailers.

Sean S. Nicholl was traveling north on Interstate 81 in a 2015 Freightliner when he went off the roadway, struck several trees, overturned before coming to rest blocking both lanes of traffic. A 2017 Freightliner, operated by Daniel M. Bloom Jr., of Clearfield, Pa., was unable to avoid the overturned tractor-trailer and struck the trailer.

Marathon Fire Department, Ron’s Towing & Auto Body, NYS Department of Transportation and the NYS Police CVE unit (Commercial Vehicle Enforcement) responded to the scene to assist with the accident and cleanup efforts.

No one was injured in the crash. The investigation is ongoing at this time.