Hammond Man Dies in Crash with Tractor Trailer

by emallernee | June 15th, 2011

June 15, 2011

A 63-year-old man from Hammond, New York, died at 6:20 a.m. Tuesday morning when his car ran head-on into a tractor-trailer on Route 37 in Morristown, New York.

Police say the man was traveling south on Route 37 near Ireland Road when his vehicle drifted into the northbound lane and hit a tractor-trailer driven by a 71-year-old male from Dresden, New York.

The Hammond man wasn’t wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from his car. St. Lawrence County Coroner Russell B. Lawrence III pronounced him dead at the crash site. An autopsy is scheduled for today.

The tractor-trailer driver was transported to Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center in Ogdensburg, where he was treated for minor lacerations and back pain.

Police told Watertown Daily Times that the tractor-trailer spilled 100 gallons of diesel fuel as a result of the accident, temporarily shutting down Route 37. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation was on-hand to help with the clean-up. The environmental agency reports that there was no damage.

No tickets were issued after the crash, which is being investigated by the New York State Police in Canton, State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit, and New York State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit.

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