Update 10:15 p.m. —
Ithaca police say a dump truck lost its brakes coming down the hill on Hector Street/Route 79 and crashed into a utility pole.
The truck traveled off an embankment on the road, struck a few trees, then hit a utility pole before hitting a few more trees. It was loaded with asphalt and towing a trailer with a paver, police said.
The accident occurred around 3:51 p.m. The truck is owned by Harrison Paving Company in Pennsylvania. The driver was unhurt though the truck sustained heavy damage.
The road will be closed until midnight.
Lt. Thomas Basher says that — “amazingly” — there doesn’t appear to be any major damage after the accident.
“We got very lucky with a vehicle of that size,” said Basher, of the Ithaca Fire Department.
The road will be closed for 3 to 4 hours as the clean-up operation commences, according to Basher.
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Ithaca N.Y. – A truck was involved in an accident in Ithaca on Wednesday afternoon, prompting a large police response on the city’s west side.
Witnesses on scene say that they do not think there are any injuries. A firefighter at the scene said nobody was transported to the hospital.
The driver, who asked not to be interviewed, said only one vehicle — the truck — was involved. It appears to have crossed over the shoulder of the road and onto an embankment running down the hill on Route 79/Hector Street.
Ithaca police officers and firefighters are at the scene. A small crowd had also gathered nearby as emergency personnel worked. Traffic was being rerouted to Campbell Street.
The incident follows a June 20 crash involving a tractor-trailer in Ithaca. The crash at Simeon’s Restaurant killed one person.
The accident Wednesday occurred around 4 p.m. The truck had a “Harrison Paving” logo on it.
Two bystanders further down the hill said they were frightened by what sounded like an explosion.
“It sounded like a real loud explosion … It sounded like a bomb went off and then we saw lights coming up here,” Tim Whitmore said, referencing the police response.
“It’s the second time in just a couple months.”
Natasha Towsley agreed.
“It was scary. We were just down here and we heard a huge bang,” she said.
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