Truck flips over guardrail, snarls I-87 in Rockland

The tractor-trailer flipped over a guardrail into oncoming traffic and then went down an embankment. (7/11/14)

WEST NYACK - The driver of a tractor-trailer is lucky to be alive today after his rig crashed on I-87 in Rockland County early this morning.

Police say around 3 a.m., a southbound truck rear-ended a Hyundai on the southbound side of the highway near exit 12. The truck flipped over a guardrail into oncoming traffic and then went 150 feet down an embankment. The Hyundai crashed as well, totaling the vehicle.

Both drivers suffered minor injuries.

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Two lanes were closed overnight between exits 11 and 12, but were reopened about 6 a.m.

Traffic officials brought a crane out to remove the wreckage from the embankment, but it was determined that traffic would be too severely impacted. Officials plan to remove the truck at 2 a.m. tomorrow.

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