NY Rollover Crash Spills 7K Gallons of Milk

An injured driver had to be cut from a tractor trailer Sunday after the truck rolled over, spilling 7,200 gallons of milk onto Interstate 81 in Sandy Creek.

Syracuse Media Group, N.Y.
New York State Police

SANDY CREEK, N.Y. -- About 7,200 gallons of milk spilled onto Interstate 81 North in Oswego County after a tractor-trailer rolled over, state police said.

Emergency crews had to cut the driver out of the 2019 Freightliner before he could be transported to a Syracuse hospital Sunday afternoon, troopers said.

Seth T. Eaton, 38, of McGraw in Cortland County, was driving the tractor-trailer north on I-81 at about 4 p.m. when he began to drive onto the ramp at Exit 37 in Sandy Creek, troopers said in a news release. That’s when he noticed a vehicle parked on the shoulder, the release said.

“It appears he over-steered, causing him to lose control, strike a signpost and overturning,” state police said in the release said.

State police, Sandy Creek and Pulaski volunteer firefighters, Northern Oswego County Ambulance (NOCA), Oswego County fire coordinators, state Department of Transportation, state Department of Environmental Conservation Spill Response and the Oswego County Hazmat team responded to the scene.

Firefighters extricated Eaton from the Freightliner. NOCA then took him to Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse with non-life threatening injuries.

The exit ramp was closed for several hours as crews cleared 7,200 gallons of milk from the highway. State police sent a notification at 10:20 p.m. Sunday saying the exit ramp has reopened.


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