Gouverneur FD, other agencies dispatched to tractor-trailer accident after driver swerved to avoid deer
by Rachel Hunter
Gouverneur Fire Department was dispatched to a reported tractor-trailer rollover by the Jefferson-St. Lawrence County line on US Highway 11 at 6:04 a.m. on Tuesday, April 4. Gouverneur Fire officials closed the highway once on scene.
New York State police reported to local media that the driver, Richard Correia of Syracuse, told them that he swerved to avoid hitting a deer. He lost control of the rig, which went down an embankment and overturned.
The tractor trailer's fuel tank was punctured.
Troopers said more than 50 gallons of diesel fuel spilled as well as some of the truck's cargo.
Fire officials reported that GFD’s Engine 18 and Rescue 4's crew contained the large fuel spill and controlled the puncture in the fuel tank. The state DEC spill team responded to help with the clean up of the material that the GFD used to contain the spill.
State Police said that the tractor-trailer was hauling 40,000 steel plates. The driver was reported to be unhurt, and was ticketed for moving from a lane unsafely and a log book violation.
The highway reopened around 12:30 p.m. It had been closed between Ferguson Road in the town of Rossie in St. Lawrence County and Dickson Road in the town of Antwerp in Jefferson County.
GFD later expressed its gratitude to the NYS DOT Hailesboro on their Facebook page for helping with the detour while the highway was closed.
The Gouverneur Fire’s responses was indicated by fire officials as follows: 11-1, 11-2, 11-3, Engine 18, Rescue 4, Rescue 75, Ta-6 with 17 members. Gouverneur Rescue: one ambulance. Mutual aid was received by the Antwerp Fire Department, which closed US HWY 11 at Dickson Corners (Jefferson County).