February 01, 2019 10:14 AM
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WHEC/AP) -- State police will crack down on truckers who violate a travel ban on the western section of Thruway, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo vowed Thursday, a day after a tractor-trailer crash near Rochester caused a major pileup that left a trooper with serious injuries.
Truckers who ignore traffic bans during severe weather and cause a crash which results in injury could be charged with reckless endangerment and assault as well as be ticketed, Cuomo said during a morning news conference at a state transportation facility outside Buffalo.
A ban prohibiting tractor-trailers and buses from traveling I- 90 between Rochester and the Pennsylvania border along the southwest corner of the state remained in effect Thursday. Bans were also in place for other Buffalo-area intestates and expressways, although restrictions on traveling local streets were lifted for Buffalo and most Erie County towns.
Investigators say 19 vehicles, including 16 passenger cars, one box truck and two tractor-trailers, were involved in the crash.
A tractor-trailer traveling eastbound lost control, jack-knifed and struck the rear of Trooper Dominique Wilson's troop car, pushing it out into the roadway where she was then sideswiped by a second tractor-trailer. Wilson suffered a broken sternum. She remains in stable condition at the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Two other people were treated for non-life threatening injuries and have since been released from the hospital.
Both of the tractor-trailer drivers, 41-year-old Richard Magezi of Fort Worth, Texas and 54-year-old Michael Lambert of Hartford, Connecticut were ticketed for disobeying a traffic control device, speed not reasonable and prudent, following too closely, and driving across hazard markings.
Updated: February 01, 2019 10:14 AM
Created: January 31, 2019 10:42 AM
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