"Medical problem" may have caused Locke milk truck crash; driver OK

2011-07-18T10:48:00Z 2011-07-18T11:41:43Z "Medical problem" may have caused Locke milk truck crash; driver OKThe Citizen staff report Auburn Citizen
July 18, 2011 10:48 am  • 

The man who crashed a milk truck in Locke Sunday afternoon may have done so because of a "medical problem," Lt. Michael Wellauer of the Cayuga County Sheriff's Department said Monday.

David M. Mosier, 45, of Locke, lost control of his truck on Route 38 at 4:05 p.m. Sunday and crashed through the guard rail, flying out of the truck as it rolled into a ditch near Suckerport Lane, Wellauer said.

The truck spilled 4,000 gallons of milk and 60 gallons of diesel fuel in the crash.

Mosier, who was ejected from the truck, was airlifted to Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse and treated for head injuries, broken ribs, lacerations and a few other minor injuries, ALNYE Trucking co-owner Gary Nye said.

"He was walking and talking last night, so that's a good sign," Nye said Monday morning, adding that Mosier, who has more than 20 years experience driving trucks, should be released from the hospital soon.

Wellauer could not specify what sort of medical problem would have caused the crash, but said there was no other apparent reason why Mosier would have gone off the straight road in clear weather.

Police are unlikely to issue a ticket in connection with the accident, Wellauer said.

ALNYE has also hired a company to excavate the contaminated soil at the site of the crash to make sure the diesel fuel doesn't leak into the nearly Owasco Lake Inlet, Nye said. It will also conduct an internal investigation.

The spilled milk likely was absorbed into the ground, a state Department of Environmental Conservation spill responder said Sunday.

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