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Truck driver dies after early morning accident on Thruway

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Updated: 10/25/2013 10:02 am

ALBANY, N.Y. – The driver of a tractor trailer which was involved in an accident on I-87 southbound on Friday morning has died, according to officials.

The call for the accident came in around 3:11 a.m. Authorities had to close the Thruway between Exits 24 and 22.

State Police believe the driver of the tandem tractor trailer pulled over at Exit 23 to inspect the vehicle when the trailer rolled over the driver and onto the Thruway. The tractor trailer then jack-knifed at the end of the construction zone and blocked the roadway for several hours. The exact cause of the accident is still under investigation.

The driver was deceased at the scene. The identity of the driver will not be released until family has been notified.

The tractor trailer was towed from the roadway around 7 a.m., and one lane of southbound traffic was reopened.

All southbound and eastbound traffic is being detoured off the roadway at Exit 24. The Thruway Authority expects to open I-87 SB to Exit 23, but the roadway is expected to remain closed southbound between Exits 23 and 22 through the morning rush hour traffic.

Motorists traveling eastbound on I-90 in the Capital Region should exit the roadway at Exit 24 and continue eastbound on I-90 to reach destinations in the Albany area.

Long distance travelers who wish to access I-87 southbound toward New York City or the New York Thruway Berkshire Connector to the Massachusetts Turnpike should also leave the Thruway at Exit 24 and continue eastbound on I-90 past Exit 12 to the junction with the Berkshire Connector.

NEWS10ABC will provide more details as they become available.

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