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The Steuben Courier Advocate
  • Truck driver killed in I-86 pileup in Riverside

  • A truck driver was killed during a pileup involving multiple trucks and passenger vehicles on Interstate 86 in Riverside late Tuesday morning.
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  • A truck driver was killed during a pileup involving multiple trucks and passenger vehicles on Interstate 86 in Riverside late Tuesday morning.
    Chris S. Grove, 53, of Belleville, Pa., was killed in a chain of accidents which began around 11:18 a.m. in the westbound lanes of I-86, just west of Exit 44B, according to New York State Police.
    One other person suffered minor injuries in the pileup, which shut down both lanes of I-86 between Corning and Painted Post for nearly seven hours.
    According to state police, the incident began when a box truck traveling in heavy rain struck a concrete barrier and overturned.
    Westbound vehicles approaching the overturned box truck were involved in numerous minor rear-end collisions, state police report.
    A flatbed commercial truck driven by Grove then came upon the crash scene and was unable to stop. Grove apparently swerved to his left and struck the concrete divider, and he was ejected from the cab and thrown into the divider.
    Grove’s truck continued westbound along the divider, striking several vehicles that were stopped for the previous accidents.
    Grove was pronounced dead at the scene. His body was later removed by the Steuben County Coroner’s Office and taken to the Monroe County Medical Examiner’s Office in Rochester for further examination.
    Along with troopers from the Painted Post and Bath barracks, several special units from the Canandaigua-based Troop E responded to the scene, including a Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit, Collision Reconstruction Unit and Forensic Investigation Unit, as well as the Bureau of Criminal Investigation.
    State police were assisted by the Coopers Plains Fire Department, Painted Post Fire Department, Rural/Metro Ambulance and New York State Department of Transportation as tow trucks cleared damaged vehicles.
    I-86 was reopened shortly before 6 p.m. Tuesday.
    The investigation is continuing.

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