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Tractor Trailer Overturns on I81 Blocking Both Lanes – I81 Closed for Hours


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Around 7:40 Sunday evening, Cortlandville Fire was dispatched to I81 near the Exit 12 onramp to I81 North for a report of a tractor trailer rolling over and blocking both lanes. As emergency crews were responding, they were informed of several vehicles hitting the trailer blocking the roadway.

Image Courtesy of Cortlandville Fire

As emergency responders arrived, they found only one vehicle had struck the overturned trailer. Cortlandville Fire says that the driver was transported by ambulance with minor injuries. The driver of the tractor trailer was uninjured.

Due to the trailer blocking both northbound lanes, I81 was closed at the Exit 12 off ramp. The highway was reopened around 10:15 pm to single lane traffic as crews worked to remove the trailer.

Assisting the Cortlandville Fire Department was both the City of Cortland and Homer Fire Departments, Cortland County Sheriff, New York State Police, Homer Police, NYS DOT, and TLC Ambulance.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

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