MOHAWK — Route 28 south of Mohawk was closed Thursday afternoon and into the evening after a seed truck apparently lost its brakes and overturned in a ditch.
Mohawk Volunteer Fire Department Lt. Dave Green said the fire department responded between noon and 12:30 and about a quarter mile of Vickerman Hill was closed to traffic. The accident occurred near the controlled stop area.
“What we heard so far is that the driver put the truck in the ditch to avoid hitting the cars in front of him,” said Green. “He probably saved some casualties.”
The truck, which was fully loaded with some 20 tons of seed, leaked hydraulic fluid and oil and the state Department of Environmental Conservation was called in.
“They had to empty the fuel tanks before they could even set the truck back up,” said Green. Some of the fluids were leaking into a nearby well and had to be soaked up with hazardous materials pads.
When contacted at about 6:30 p.m. Green said the truck was finally upright again, although it was in no shape to be driven. At that point, he expected the road would be reopened within the next half hour or so.
Traffic headed north was being rerouted over to Warren Road while Route 28 was closed, while traffic headed south was redirected onto Route 168.
East Herkimer volunteer firefighters also responded to the scene and Green thanked the department for its assistance. The Mohawk Fire Department was back in service at 8:39 p.m.