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I-88

5 Homes EvacuatedAfter Gas-Bearing RigFlips On Interstate 88

ARTICLE UPDATED

5 Homes Evacuated

After Gas-Bearing Rig

Flips On Interstate 88

Tractor-Trailer Not XNG’s, Company Says

This compressed natural gas rig toppled off I-88 yesterday morning north of Cobleskill.   The owner of the shipment was not identified. (State Police photo)

CENTRAL BRIDGE – A tractor-trailer carrying compressed natural gas overturned Sunday morning on Interstate 88, shutting the highway and resulting in the precautionary evacuation of five homes, the Schenectady Gazette is reporting this morning.

The rig was not owned by XNG, that company that had been routing trucks through Otsego County, according to company Vice President Matt Smith.  Since last fall, most of those trucks have been rerouted into Chenango County.

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Truck Overturns On I-88 Near Sidney

Truck Overturns

On I-88 Near Sidney

Unadilla and Wells Bridge firefighters clear boxes of spilled food and drinks away from the scene of a tractor-trailer rollover last night in Unadilla. (Photo courtesy Wells Bridge Fire Department)

SIDNEY – I-88 is open again following a tractor-trailer accident that left the truck driver injured and fuel and cargo scattered on the roadside.

James E. Witt, 40, Scio was traveling eastbound on I-88 in Sidney when he traveled off the southern shoulder and traveled approximately 500 feet before striking earth embankment and overturning on its side. Unadilla and Wells Bridge Fire Departments were dispatched to the scene at 5:23 p.m. and the Witt was transported to Wilson Hospital complaining of head and rib pain.

Anti-Faso Billboard Erected Over I-88

Anti-Faso Billboard

Erected Over I-88

County Rep. Adrienne Martini, D-City of Oneonta, snapped a photo of this I-88 billboard, just outside of Oneonta, which calls Congressman John Faso, R-19, “No-Show Faso” for his failure to host town halls or meet with constituents. The billboard was paid for by Mad Dog PAC, a super-PAC dedicated to putting up billboards across the country on a variety of issues, including gun control, impeachment and flipping the House and Senate towards Democratic and progressive candidates.  The PAC is run by Claude Taylor, a former staffer in the Clinton White House.
Double Homicide Suspect In Custody After I-88 Crash

Double-Slaying Suspect Taken

Into Custody After I-88 Crash

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

SCHOHARIE – The suspect in last night’s double homicide in Laurens was taken into custody following a crash on I-88 in Schoharie, according to Sheriff Tony Desmond.

According to Desmond, sheriff’s deputies received a “Be On The Lookout” alert for a red Chevy Colorado pickup truck from the Otsego County Sheriff’s department. Deputies stationed near Richmondville saw a truck matching the description headed eastbound on I-88 and began to follow. After confirming the license plate matched the one in the alert, deputies allegedly attempted to pull over the suspect, who then sped up and a chase ensued.

Car Hits Tractor Trailer; I-88 Closed Between Exit 12/13

Car Strikes Tractor-Trailer;

I-88 Shut Between Exit 12/13

A tractor trailer caught on fire after an accident between I-88 Exits 12/13 in Oneonta.
A tractor trailer caught on fire after an accident between I-88 Exits 12/13 in Oneonta.
The car involved in the accident swerved to avoid hitting a deer, according to State Police
The car involved in the accident swerved to avoid hitting a deer, according to State Police

ONEONTA –  A car swerved to miss hitting a dead deer and ended up hitting a tractor-trailer in an accident on I-88 earlier this morning.

With the eastbound lane of I-88 near Oneonta closed for construction, the westbound lane has been split for traffic.

According to state police, a car driving westbound swerved to avoid hitting a deer carcass in the middle of the road, but over-corrected and drove into the eastbound lane. The car struck the tractor-trailer behind the cab, starting a fire that consumed the entire truck.

Man Jumps From I-88 Overpass

Man Jumps From I-88 Overpass,

Blocking Traffic For 45 Minutes

ONEONTA – A 24-year-old man was airlifted to Wilson Hospital in Johnson City after jumping off the Exit 16 overpass onto I-88 last night.

The victim was airlifted by Lifenet to Wilson Hospital, where he is being treated for internal injuries.

I-88 was closed for approximately 45 minutes following the incident at 8:15 p.m., which State Police believe to be an attempted suicide.

If you are considering suicide, please call

The National Suicide Hotline, 1-800-273-8255

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