Crash traps man in Eagle Lake

Ti, Chilson firefighters rescue driver

— A driver was pulled from a truck that overturned into Eagle Lake Aug. 7.

The accident was reported about 1:30 a.m., after residents near Eagle Lake heard a crash and a truck horn on Route 74.

Firefighters from Chilson Volunteer Fire Department responded and called Ticonderoga Volunteer Fire Department for mutual aid.

In the overturned cab, truck driver Michael J. Rodriguez, 40, from Broadalbin was completely submerged, although he had a pocket of air.

Three firefighters deployed Ticonderoga’s rescue boat and five men entered the water at the lake’s edge to rescue Rodriguez. The extrication process took between 35 and 40 minutes.

A dozen firefighters from both companies helped.

Rodriguez was transported to Moses-Ludington Hospital, then to Albany Medical Center.

Ticonderoga Police Chief Mark Johns said the trailer was fully loaded, hauling 27 rolls of paper from International Paper westbound on Route 74. Police blamed the accident on excessive speed.

Rodriguez was driving the truck for his employer, Logistics One, a distribution company based in Saratoga Springs.

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