Tractor trailer rollover closes Route 8

SOUTH NEW BERLIN – Dozens of fire and rescue crew members worked in the dark late Thursday night as remnants of yet another tractor trailer lay waste along the eastern side of New York State Highway 8, approximately two and a half miles south of the Hamlet of South New Berlin.

At approximately 6 p.m., members of the South New Berlin and Mount Upton volunteer fire departments were dispatched to 2749 state Route 8 in the Town of New Berlin. South New Berlin and Mount Upton Fire Police, along with crews from the New York State Department of Transportation, closed County Road 15 in addition to a portion of state Route 8 between County Roads 15 and 34 in the Town of New Berlin.

Traffic remained halted for several hours as crews arrived to the scene of a tractor trailer accident which resulted in the transport of the operator to UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital with minor injuries.

A black semi operated by Joshua Schaller of Edwardsville, PA was traveling northbound on state Route 8 when one of the vehicle’s wheels left the narrow shoulder pavement onto the soft snow covered soil.

Tire tracks that sank into the sandy earth just off the shoulder of the highway indicate that the vehicle traveled nearly 200 yards from the point of lost traction to where it eventually came to rest on its right side.

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