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Troopers identify victim of fatal tractor-trailer crash on I-81 in Tully

New York State Police are on the scene of a fatal tractor trailer crash on Interstate 81 in southern Onondaga County./ Photojournalist Andy Wolf

New York State Police have identified the victim of a fatal tractor trailer crash on Interstate 81 in southern Onondaga County.

Troopers say 48-year-old Patricia S. Rodgers, of Burlington, New Jersey, was pronounced dead at the scene after the tractor trailer she was driving crashed down an embankment off the shoulder of the highway in Tully.

Troopers say she was driving north when her tractor trailer went over an embankment into the southbound lane before going through a guardrail and down a second embankment.

A passing motorist reported damage to the guardrail at about 7:15 a.m., but State Police believe the accident happened hours earlier. The cause of the crash is yet to be determined.

An autopsy will be performed to determine the official cause of death. State Police say their investigation is ongoing.

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