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State trooper dies in crash on NY Thruway

Updated: 12/17/2013 12:52 PM
Created: 12/17/2013 9:13 AM WHEC.com
By: Associated Press

New York State Police say a trooper has died after his patrol vehicle was hit by a tractor-trailer on the Thruway in the Mohawk Valley.
    
State police Superintendent Joseph D'Amico says Trooper David Cunniff, 35, was inside his cruiser while it was parked behind a car he had pulled over for speeding around 8:20 p.m. Monday near Exit 27 in Amsterdam. D'Amico says the truck rear-ended Cunniff's car and also hit the second vehicle, ending up on top of it.
    
The car driver is in fair condition. The truck driver wasn't injured.
    
Both eastbound lanes of Interstate 90 were closed for nearly 10 hours after the crash.
    
D'Amico says neither alcohol nor the weather play a role in the crash.
    
Amsterdam is 30 miles northwest of Albany.



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