Truck Rollover Closes Down Route 17 West

By Gabe Osterhout

Truck Rollover Closes Down Route 17 West

July 22, 2010 Updated Jan 13, 2006 at 12:56 AM EDT

Police shut down part of Route 17 West and re-routed traffic onto Interstate 81 North.

And police say it'll be a long time before it reopens, as they clean up from a tractor trailer rollover early Thursday afternoon.

It happened around 2:40 p.m. Thursday afternoon when the driver of a tractor trailer felt the back end of his truck swerve to the right.

Police say the driver turned the wheel to the left too far, causing the trailer of the truck to roll onto it's side.

"The truck was hitting the guardrail and the guardrails did their job like they were supposed to do and did cut holes into the side of the trailer which emptied part of the load on Front Street down below also on the highway," said Richard Bocek of Binghamton Police.

One lane was shut down on Front Street for a short time while crews cleared that debris.

The driver of the truck was not injured in the crash.

But there was a passenger in the truck who was taken to the hospital with a hand injury.

Now, to clean up, a wrecker will have to empty the trucks load and tip it upright.

That will take several more hours Thursday night.

So Route 17 westbound from the Interstate 81/Route 17 split in the City of Binghamton is now shut down.

The Department of Transportation estimates it won't reopen until least until after 9:00 p.m. Thursday night.

People traveling on Route 17 West are being detoured to Exit 5 of Interstate 81 North.

Traffic will then re-enter I-81 South and return to Route 17 West.

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