Update (12:25 pm)
A delivery truck driver was charged with several violations after colliding with a DOT snow plow early this morning (January 6), which happened just past 6 a.m. on Interstate 81-SB near Preble.
Investigators with the Cortland County Sheriff’s Office say 28-year-old Oscar Osnay Zambrana Reynoso, of Miami, FL, was travelling southbound in a 2015 International box truck, when he rear ended the plow.
The DOT worker was uninjured, but Zambrana Reynoso needed to be extricated from his vehicle by fire & rescue crews, after which he was taken to Upstate Medical Center by TLC Ambulance for treatment to a leg injury.
Lt. Karl Altmann later announced that Zambrana Reynoso was ticketed for violations of following too closely, failure to use designated lane, and operating an unregistered motor vehicle.
All southbound lanes were closed for two hours between Exit 13 in Preble and Exit 12 Homer while crews cleared and investigated the scene, with a detour in place along Route 281 for nearly two hours until the interstate was reopened just before 8 a.m.
Assisting the Sheriff’s Office at the scene were members of the Preble Fire Department, Homer Fire Department, TLC Ambulance, Ron’s Towing, Big Red Towing, and the NYSP Commercial Motor Vehicle Unit.
Photos below from the Cortland County Sheriff’s Office:
Original story (6:30 am)
Authorities have shut down part of Interstate 81 Southbound at exit 13 in Preble, as they respond to a collision between a snow plow and box truck that happened just past 6:00 this morning (January 6).
The box truck driver was entrapped in the vehicle and sustained an injury, but is reported to be conscious and speaking to crews who are working to get him out.
Traffic in the Southbound lanes is being completely blocked at Exit 13 and diverted to Route 281, making its way back onto the Interstate in Homer (Exit 12).
Closures are expected for several hours and will lead to a significant increase in delays and traffic times.