According to WNEP, a tractor trailer plowed into stopped traffic on Route 17 near exit 72 in Binghamton on the afternoon of August 25. One of the vehicles struck, a white sedan, was crushed against a concrete barrier and burst into flames with the driver trapped inside. Almost immediately, other drivers involved in the incident rushed to the burning wreck and pulled the driver, who amazingly suffered only minor scrapes and bruises, to safety.
Binghamton police told Pressconnects ten vehicles were involved in the crash, and ten people were treated for minor, non-life-threatening injuries. BPD also stated that traffic congestion caused by road construction and inadequate or faulty brakes on the tractor trailer contributed to the crash. The truck driver, Allen R. Kirkpatrick of Wyalusing, Pennsylvania, was ticketed for operating an out-of-service vehicle, and the incident is under investigation by the New York State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit.
Binghamton mayor Richard David posted a video of the incident to his personal Facebook page. The three minute video, captured by the dashcam of a vehicle involved in the incident, shows the first few moments as the truck plows through the traffic. The mayor posted the video in an effort to identify the people who came to the trapped driver's aid so that they could be publicly commended for their efforts.
"In a time of crisis, these brave individuals navigated through flames and broken glass to save a stranger's life," said Mayor David. "On behalf of our entire community, I commend these unsung heroes as well as our local police, fire, and EMS first responders. Binghamton is safer because of you."