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Mail, frozen meat spilled in Thruway tractor trailer crash

A tractor trailer carrying U.S. mail crashed Sunday afternoon into the back of another tractor trailer carrying frozen meat that had pulled off to the shoulder of the Thruway near the Silver Creek exit, state police reported.

The tractor trailer carrying mail was traveling eastbound in the right-hand lane about 2:30 p.m. when, for an unknown reason, it veered onto the shoulder and struck the rear of the other tractor trailer near the Allegany Road overpass, said State Police Sgt. Mark Lepczyk.

“Heavy damage to both tractor trailers,” he said. “The investigation is ongoing at this point.”

The tractor trailer carrying mail may have been privately contracted, and not an official United States Postal Service vehicle, he said.

“The U.S. Postal Service was advised and they’ve got inspectors on scene now to oversee the retrieval of the mail,” Lepczyk said.

The state department of agriculture and markets was also contacted because the other truck was carrying a perishable food that would need to be inspected, he added.

The driver of the mail vehicle suffered minor injuries including facial cuts and pain and was taken to Lake Shore Health Care Center in Irving, he said.

The drivers’ names were not released.

One lane of traffic remained open at all times after the accident, while the right lane was blocked, Lepczyk said.

“The right lane will be blocked for quite some time while the tractor trailers are being removed and they also have to be off-loaded,” he said.

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