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Banana truck skids off 87 to avoid deer

Driver transported to CVPH for observation

Tractor trailor truck mangled on I-87 on April 19.

Tractor trailor truck mangled on I-87 on April 19. Photo by Katherine Clark.

— At a little after 3 a.m. on Thursday, a tractor trailer truck driver swerved to avoid a deer in the road and flipped his truck onto its side in the grass median on Interstate 87. The driver appeared to be fine but was later transported to CVPH for observation at 7 a.m.

The accident occurred between the on-ramp and the off-ramp for exit 33 northbound on I-87. The driver had been traveling from New Jersey and was headed for New Brunswick.

Trooper Ron Arnold, who had been on the scene since 4 a.m., said the driver was lucky he missed the columns of the bridge.

“Just feet from where he left the road are the pilars. It could have been a lot worst,” Arnold said.

The cabin of the truck appeared mangled.

Arnold said it was amazing the driver was able to make it from the crash.

The truck, which was carrying bananas at the time of the accident, was being emptied by workers from Desotell's Garage of Keeseville through the morning hours to allow the truck to be pulled from the median. Workers were still emptying the truck at 10 a.m.

Drivers are asked to use caution on the northbound lane while the workers remove the truck’s cargo.

The bananas have been brought to Desotell’s for the time being and will not be sold.

“Maybe they’ll find a zoo full of monkeys that will be very happy to take them,” Arnold said.

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