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Cuomo renews emphasis on Thruway truck ban after crash near Batavia

A multivehicle crash on the Thruway near Batavia during blizzard conditions Wednesday prompted Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to renew his declaration banning tractor-trailer trucks and commercial buses from expressways during the storm.

“Among those vehicles was at least one tractor-trailer which was banned from the roads and shouldn’t have been there to begin with,” Cuomo declared.

“Our message tonight is simple: Violating the tractor trailer ban is illegal,” he added. “Violators will be punished with fines up to $450, two points on the license and potential criminal charges. The investigation into the crash is ongoing, but make no mistake: Anyone found to have done something they shouldn’t will be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law.”

Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, in an update on storm response Wednesday in Cheektowaga, said that while many residents are heeding warnings and staying off the highways, too many truckers are continuing to violate the ban.

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