IRVING – A messy situation could have been a whole lot worse on the I-90 East New York State Thruway Monday morning.
A fiery accident caused some interruptions in the heavy traffic flow after a tanker truck and dump truck collided near the Silver Creek/Irving exit around 9:30 a.m.
The Evans Center Volunteer Fire Department and New York State Thruway Police were on the scene.
“It was a little bit of a mess when we got there,” Evans Fire Chief Robert Zamrok said. “One person (dump truck driver) suffered serious injuries – although non-life threatening – and was sent to (Erie County Medical Center) ECMC.”
The State Police investigated the accident, and names have not been released.
“We had the fire out in 20 minutes,” Zamrok said. “The fire was mostly due to the ruptured fuel tanks, and that could’ve been a huge mess.”
The lanes were shut down for at least an hour, and opened to a single lane while firefighters cleaned the aftermath.
“This could’ve been a lot worse for everyone,” Zamrock said. “The drivers are really lucky.”
New York State Thruway Police said the traffic was still congested in the late afternoon, but it wasn’t due to the accident.
“I have been getting a lot of calls about that,” a State Police dispatcher said. “The traffic is mostly due to construction and not because of the accident, which should be all cleared up.”