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Driver Involved in Natural Gas Truck Accident Fell Asleep

March 10, 2019

According to an online news story reported by, state police say that the driver involved in a natural gas truck accident in Schoharie County, New York, had fallen asleep at the wheel. The truck overturned, causing a gas leak and evacuations of area homes.*

At about 5:30 a.m. on March 3, a semi-truck carrying compressed natural gas crashed and overturned near Exit 22 on Interstate 88 East in Schoharie County. The incident caused a stretch of the interstate to shut down while crews worked to contain the gas leak that followed the collision. Officials also evacuated people from several homes close to the collision as a precaution. 

From preliminary investigation, it appeared the truck had crashed into the median, but authorities did not know why. Further investigation has revealed, according to the news report, that the driver of the truck fell asleep. After dozing at the wheel, the driver failed to complete a curve in the roadway and hit a guardrail. The truck then continued along the shoulder, crashed through the guardrail, traveled down an embankment, and turned onto its side. 

The driver of the tractor-trailer, a 60-year-old man was able to get out of the vehicle before emergency responders arrived. State police indicated that the driver had not been cited but did not say whether he would be cited for the collision at a later time. 

Traffic was blocked along the interstate for hours after the crash. At 2 p.m., part of the interstate was still closed. 

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