Crews work to clear accident debris

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Crews worked throughout the day Wednesday in Suffern as part of a massive cleanup to haul debris out of the Ramapo River.

The cleanup effort comes after the 43-year-old driver of a tractor-trailer that was transporting garbage went off an overpass Tuesday on I-87 and plummeted 40 feet into the Ramapo River. The driver was killed in the accident.

The Ramapo River supplies drinking water to 12,000 Suffern residents, but Mayor John Keegan says village wells were shut down immediately after the accident.

The village has hired United Water for its supply until the river is cleaned up.

To watch footage of the garbage truck that plunged into the Ramapo River and interviews about the crash, go to channel 612 on your iO digital cable box and select iO Extra.

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