Attempt to Avoid Deer Costs Truck Driver His Life
Broome County, NY – A Pennsylvania truck driver perished early Monday morning when he lost control of his big rig after swerving to avoid a deer along I-88.
According to the Broome County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO), the deadly one-vehicle crash occurred shortly before 1 a.m. in the eastbound lanes of I-88 near the town of Fenton.
Investigators said Jeffrey Lind, 52, of Hallstead, PA was operating a tractor-trailer loaded with four tanks of compressed natural gas (CNG) when he maneuvered to avoid a deer in the roadway.
When he did, he lost control of the big rig and struck the concrete barrier dividing the eastbound and westbound lanes, BCSO said.
The rig overturned onto its passenger side and slid across the eastbound lanes coming to rest against the concrete barrier on the right-hand side of the eastbound lanes, investigators explained.
Lind was ejected from the tractor and was found deceased by emergency responders.
Authorities ordered a mandatory evacuation of residences in a one-quarter mile perimeter of the crash site, due to a rupture in one of the CNG tanks.
The evacuation was lifted a few hours later, according to BCSO.
Lind was operating for Montrose, PA-based Xpress Natural Gas at the time of the accident.
The BCSO was assisted in their investigation and clean up efforts by more than two dozen agencies including New York State Police, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, and NYS Office of Emergency Management.
Photos courtesy of the Broome County Sheriff’s Office