HARTWICK – Route 205 through Hartwick hamlet will be named in honor of Marine Corps Sgt. John Kempe Winslow under legislation signed into law today.
The bill (S.3658/A.6670) sponsored by state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, and Assemblyman John Salka, R-West Edmeston, pays tribute to the decorated patriot who was killed in action during the Vietnam War in 1969.
The local soldier, a machine gunner, was assigned to Vietnam on Sept. 15, 1968, and died in an accident in Quang Tri Province the following July 30.
Today the state Senate passed legislation, proposed by State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, to rename the Hamlet of Hartwick portion of Route 205 in honor of United States Marine Corps Sergeant John Kempe Winslow.
“Every man and woman who dons a United States military uniform sacrifices for our nation and our way of life,” said Seward. “Sergeant Winslow made the ultimate sacrifice and we owe it to him and his family to keep his memory alive.”
Sergeant John Kempe Winslow was a life-long resident of Hartwick and a decorated Marine who served two tours of duty in Vietnam, earning a Purple Heart during his first tour. Tragically, Sergeant Winslow was killed in action on July 30, 1969.
COOPERSTOWN – A spokesman for XNG said the truck incident Friday evening occurred when a driver, slowing on icy Route 205 north of Hartwick hamlet as the driver in front of him turned into a driveway, “slid partially off the road … and that was it.”
“There was no driver error,” said XNG’s Jon Pierce. “There was no equipment failure. There was no danger. The truck was (soon) back on the roadway.”
These photos of last Tuesday’s crash of an XNG truck en route south from the company’s plant near Little Falls, were provided to www.AllOTSEGO.com by Bill Huston, Binghamton, who has been monitoring the trucks since they began driving back and forth in February from the Northeast Pennsylvania fracking fields. He writes, “This type of vehicle is a Hexagon Composites Titan-40. It is a very high-tech vehicle, a Type-4 CNG Carbon-Fiber Composite Tube Trailer. They are still IMO experimental, having only been on the road since 2012 when USDOT issued Special Permit SP-14951. These trailers cost $500,000 each.” The company said the truck was empty, although Huston isn’t sure. He said the driver was taken to Bassett Hospital for treatment.
TOWN OF BURLINGTON – An empty XNG truck en route south from the company’s Little Falls plant went off Route 205 about two miles south of Route 80 at 8:20 a.m. today, according to county Emergency Services Director Art Klinger.
The driver was shook-up, but was able to tell emergency personnel arriving at the scene that the tanker was empty, Klinger said.
“There was no release of gas at any time,” XNG Vice President Matt Smith emphasized in an email received a few moments ago.