SCHUYLER LAKE – Responding to the fourth XNG truck mishap since transports began in February, firefighters and emergency personnel blocked off several roads leading to a crash site near Schuyler Lake until 3 a.m. today, keeping some people from their homes for hours.
“We were up at the florists, and when we came back down, they had the road blocked off,” said Exeter resident Christine Allen, who lives less than half a mile from the crash site. “We couldn’t get to our house, so we went to Stewart’s and got a banana split.”
Allen was finally able to get back to her home later in the evening when responders let her through to get to her house. According to Allen, she heard a loud noise when crews released the gas from the trailer.
Route 28 between Cooperstown and Fly Creek has been closed for the past 20 minutes after a northbound AllStar Taxi van ran into the back of a northbound tan Ford SUV that was turning left into the Haggerty Road subdivision. The accident happened about 4:20 p.m., as Bassett Hospital employees were heading home for the day. The Ford driver had pulled the vehicle into Haggerty Road but the taxi van, its front grill smashed, remained in the middle of Route 28. One person, apparently the driver of the taxi van, was transported to Bassett by Fly Creek EMS. Coopertown Medical Transport and Cooperstown EMS also had ambulances at the scene. Village police, state police and deputy sheriffs were at the scene. Cooperstown fire police were diverting traffic at Glen Avenue down Maple Street toward alternate routes. Top photo is of van, looking back toward Cooperstown; photo at right is Ford parked along Haggerty Road. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
COOPERSTOWN – Contractors for the state Department of Transportation today began installing temporary traffic signals on outer Glen Avenue (Route 28), in preparation for culvert work that will begin after Labor Day.
MILFORD – The state Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) will hold a public meeting Tuesday on plans to rehabilitate a Route 28 bridge just north of the Robert V. Riddell State Park and I-88.
Under consideration are plans to close the bridge completely during the 2017 construction, causing a six-minute detour via I-88, Exit 16 and Routes 7 and 992G. Or temporary signals would allow single lane traffic to go back and forth.
The public information meeting will be Milford Central School. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with a formal presentation beginning at 7.
With Cooperstown Emergency Squad Chief Eric Pierce at the head of the stretcher, EMTs and firefighters carry the driver in a two-car crash across from the Clark Scholarship Program Office on Route 28 south of the village to a waiting ambulance. By shortly before 5 p.m., rush-hour traffic was moving again – albeit slowly – past the scene. It turned out that a north-bound black Chevrolet, in photo at right, had rear-ended a car waiting to turn into a driveway, then ran off the east side of the road and into the black fence the circles the Clark properties in that vicinity. The accident happened about 4:30, and a fire truck was dispatched to the scene, as well as the ambulance crew. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
At this hour, Cooperstown firefighters and emergency personnel are at the scene of a two-car collision on Route 28 (Glen Avenue), just north of the Leatherstocking Federal Credit Union. Details were few, but at least two people were being treated at the scene. Southbound traffic from Fly Creek and northbound from the village is being diverted at this time. (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)
HARTWICK SEMINARY – At this hour, a northbound Oneonta Public Transit bus has slid off Route 28 at the curve in front of Dog Wild in Hartwick Seminary. Three other cars were reported off Route 28 between I-88 and Coopertown in the last half hour.