Truck accident closes Ti road

TICONDEROGA A tractor-trailer tanker loaded with chemicals crashed at the intersection of Route 22 and Shore Airport Road in Ticonderoga Nov. 27. The truck, bound for International Paper's Ticonderoga mill, was carrying calcium oxide with quartz, also known as quicklime, a caustic chemical used in papermaking. A small portion of the chemical spilled, officials said. The Essex County Hazardous Materials Team was at the scene. Calcium oxide is on the federal hazardous-substance list and can cause burning of the lungs and shortness of breath if inhaled. Shore Airport Road was closed to traffic. The driver of the truck, Jason P. Choon, 33, of Canaan, was injured in the crash and taken to Moses-Ludington Hospital by Ticonderoga Emergency Squad. He was treated for a head injury and later transferred to Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, where he was listed in stable condition. Choons 4-year-old daughter, Leeah, who was riding with him, was taken to Moses-Ludington as a precaution, but was not hurt in the mishap. Choon was ticketed by police for failure to keep right, making an improper turn and front-seat passenger not wearing a seat belt, along with a misdemeanor log-book offense.

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