Accidents galore across the tri-state area

Drivers urged to stay off roads
February 22, 2008 11:14:00 AM PST
There were a number of accidents, but no fatalities. One DOT worker was hurt in a crash on the Van Wyck Expressway, he is in stable condition. Alternate Side Parking regulations are suspended Friday, February 22 for snow removal; and back in effect Saturday, February 23.

  • The Tappan Zee Bridge has only three lanes of southbound traffic because maintenance crews are unable to move the movable barrier to provide four lanes of southbound traffic for the morning commute. The speed limit is down to 35 miles per hour.

    In Connecticut, several tractor trailers jackknifed on Interstate 95 in Greenwich, shutting down the southbound lanes for about two hours beginning about 3:30 a.m.

  • VAN WYCK EXPRESSWAY -- A city DOT employee was thrown from his out-of-control dump truck on the northbound Van Wyck Expressway in the Flushing section of Queens.

    Jose Riveria was driving from Staten Island when his dump truck hit a concrete barrier on the northbound highway, just south of Northern Boulevard.

    Riveria was thrown from the vehicle, but a Good Semaritan pulled over and rushed to his aid.

    Mayor Bloomberg said the worker was injured when his truck was struck after driving over an ice patch.

    The driver, a DOT employee, sustained a fractured back. He was in stable condition at New York Hospital Center of Queens. Bloomberg said he would call the officer in the hospital later today.

    The northbound lanes of the Van Wyck Expressway were closed for more than an hour.

  • GREENBURGH - An oil truck overturned in Greenburgh when driver lost control on a steep, snow-covered street. The tanker flipped on Stone Avenue just before 9 a.m. Absorbent pads underneath the truck soaked up leaking diesel fuel. Very little oil leaked out of the tanker. Emergency crews will drain the oil and fuel out of the tanker, and then a tow truck will upright it.

  • WEST SIDE HIGHWAY -- The West Side Highway was closed for several hours following a series of chain reaction crashes. A southbound pile-up of between 10 and 12 vehicles closed the highway between West 79th and West 96th street.

    All the vehicles sustained from and rear damage. No drivers were injured. Police moved the crushed cars off the highway and parked them on the West 79th Street ramp to be towed away.