SCHENEVUS – At approximately 4 a.m. today, a SUNY Cobleskill student died in a car crash involving six students on Interstate 88 in the Town of Maryland, the college reported.
The fatality is Douglas Alvarez, 19, of Mamaroneck, Westchester County. He was a first-year Business Administration student. All other students are either being treated at area hospitals or have been released, the college reported. Details are emerging. New York State Police are investigating.
WELLS BRIDGE – After seven years of rest, the Interstate 88 rest area here is open again to between exits 12 and 11 to westbound drivers.
On site today, State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, who obtained the necessary state funds to reopen this rest area – and, in 2014, the one in Worcester as well – announced the news.
When the closings were announced in 2010, “I joined with the motoring public in voicing opposition,” said Seward. “Closing these rest areas compromised public safety and sent a message that New York State was dilapidated and rundown.”
ONEONTA – State Police at Oneonta yesterday announced the arrest of a Worcester man for DWI after he allegedly struck a bus while driving the wrong way on I-88 in the Town of Oneonta late Saturday evening.
Andrew C. Scheiner, 28, was charged with a misdemeanor, aggravated driving while intoxicated, with a blood alcohol level of .22, and several other vehicle and traffic law violations, according to the police statement.
This arrest occurred after troopers responded to an Otsego County 911 report of a vehicle being driven the wrong way on Interstate 88 eastbound near Mile Marker 59.
WORCESTER – Closed since 2010, The Interstate 88 rest area, between Excits 18 and 19 in Worcester, is due to reopen this coming Friday.
“With the holiday travel season now upon us, I am extremely pleased that this rest stop, a critical component for highway safety, is set to reopen,” said state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, who pushed for the reopening. “I fought against the NYSDOT decision to shutter this and other rest areas four years ago, and reopening the site was among my top priorities this year.”