Newburgh, New York – On May 14, 2018 the New York State Police from the Newburgh barracks investigated a serious personal injury commercial vehicle crash on Interstate 87 near mile marker 63.3 in the town of Newburgh, that occurred at approximately 3:52 p.m.
Initial investigation suggests vehicle one, a tandem tractor-trailer hauling recycled aluminum cans, was southbound on Interstate 87 near mile marker 63.3 in the right lane slowing for an active construction zone which also contained an unrelated motor vehicle crash. Vehicle two, a second tractor-trailer, traveling at a high rate of speed rear-ended the tandem tractor-trailer resulting in the rear tandem trailer of vehicle one to lift, and then finally come to rest on top of both the tractor and trailer of vehicle two.
The operator of vehicle one, Charles L. Irish, age 55, of Greenwich, NY, was treated on scene and released.
The operator of vehicle two, Daniel Brodeur, age 44, of La Patrie, Quebec, was entrapped within the tractor cab, and extricated by Cronomer Valley Fire Department. Brodeur was then airlifted by Life Net to Westchester Medical Center with serious injuries.
Interstate 87 was closed for approximately 12 hours due to this serious crash, the recovery of both compromised trailer loads, and cleanup of the related diesel fuel spill.
The New York State Police were assisted on scene by Cronomer Valley Fire Department, Newburgh Ambulance, Life Net, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Troop T Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit, the Troop T and Troop F Collision Reconstruction Units.