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Truck driver dead following Thruway crash in German Flatts

The crash happened just before 7:30 a.m. on Interstate 90 eastbound in Herkimer County.

Posted: Apr 2, 2019 9:49 AM
Updated: Apr 2, 2019 5:15 PM

GERMAN FLATTS, N.Y. -- One driver is dead following a Thruway crash Tuesday in Herkimer County, involving two tractor-trailers.

James Campitelli, from New Jersey, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The crash happened just before 7:30 a.m. on Interstate 90 eastbound in the town of German Flatts.

State police say that a truck driven by Terrace Sias, of Syracuse, experienced a mechanical issues and became disabled in the right lane. And then the tractor-trailer driven by Campitelli hit the disabled truck from behind.

Sias was taken to St. Elizabeth's Hospital for injuries not considered to be life-threatening.

The right lane remained closed for several hours following the crash, but all lanes are back open as normal now.

The crash remains under investigation.

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