SHERIFF’S OFFICE INVESTIGATES OVERTURNED MILK TANKER
COPAKE, NY- Columbia County Sheriff David P. Bartlett reports that at about 1:30 pm today, Columbia County 911 dispatched Sheriff’s Deputies to an overturned 18 wheel milk tanker on State Route 22, with the intersection of North Mountain Road, in the Town of Copake.
Deputies found that a 1999 Mack tractor and milk tanker trailer, operated by 51 year old Lynn L. Thompson of Roxbury Connecticut, was traveling in a westerly direction on North Mountain Road approaching the intersection with State Route 22. The tractor trailer was sliding on the snow covered roadway as it was proceeding down the hill and as the operator approached the intersection, he tried to turn right on State Route 22; however, the rear trailer tires went into a culvert ditch causing the tractor trailer to overturn blocking north and southbound lanes. The operator was not injured.
The tractor trailer is registered to A.J.P. Trucking Inc from Roxbury Connecticut and the tanker trailer was completely filled with milk from a local farm in Copake. The milk was leaking since the time of the accident. The trucking company has another tanker in route to the scene, but it is anticipated that State Route 22 will be closed until approximately 6:00pm.
The accident is still under investigation.
Hillsdale Fire Department, Copake Fire Department, State DOT, and NYS DEC assisted at the scene.
Investigating for the Sheriff’s Office were Sergeant Donald Krapf, Deputy Thomas Merante, Deputy David Proper, Deputy Ian Boehme and K9 Deputy Heath Benansky.