Tractor trailer jackknifes on I-88

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Police said slippery conditions on Interstate Highway 88 Friday morning caused the driver of a semitrailer to drive into the highway’s median.

The Schoharie County Sheriff’s Office said the accident occurred in the westbound lane of I-88 one mile west of the Schenectady County line. No injuries were reported, but the semitrailer’s gas tank ruptured and spilled about 10 gallons of diesel fuel onto the ground.

A spill team from the Department of Environmental Conservation and the Schoharie County hazardous materials team cleaned up the spill. The highway remained open during the incident. 

Schoharie County Sheriff Anthony Desmond said the accident occurred on a hill near Exit 23 that’s known to be treacherous in bad weather. 

“That part of the road up there is infamous for accidents when it gets a little wet and slippery,” Desmond said. “It’s not unusual for accidents to happen there.”

Desmond said the semitrailer was empty at the time of the accident was coming from California. 

State police, the Central Bridge Fire Department and Scho-Wright Ambulance also responded to the scene. 

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