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Excavator Strikes Bridge and Falls Off Trailer in Glenmont, Leaves Fluid and Dirt in Road

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An excavator struck a bridge in Glenmont, slowing traffic on Route 9W during the Monday evening commute at the beginning of the new year.

Bethlehem Police responded to a call for an excavator that had fallen off of a trailer and was in the roadway on Route 9W in the area of Frontage Road on Monday, January 2, around 6:45 p.m., according to Sgt Michael Whiteley of Bethlehem Police.

“It was determined through investigation by the Bethlehem Police Traffic Safety Division that a dump truck hauling an excavator north on State Route 9W did strike the New York State Thruway bridge, causing damage to both the excavator and a bridge,” Whiteley said.

He says the New York State Department of Transportation responded to the scene to assess the bridge for any structural damage.

Robert’s Towing was requested to respond to pick up the broken excavator that was laying in the roadway.

The roadway was covered in debris and required cleanup.

“The crash did result in a quantity of hydraulic fluid and about a yard of topsoil being deposited on the roadway,” Whiteley said.

Traffic was slowed for a few hours until the scene was cleaned up.

One lane in each direction was blocked off for the duration of the incident until the roadway was cleaned up.

The operator of the dump truck, a 56-year-old male from Wynantskill, NY, was ticketed for the crash, Whiteley said.

There were no injuries reported on the scene.

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THOMAS MARRA Correspondent

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