Wind gusts flip six tractor trailers across Rochester region
Henrietta/Darien, N.Y. (WHAM) - High wind gusts across western New York have tipped over multiple tractor trailers Wednesday.
On Route 390 North near the New York State Thruway in Henrietta, a tractor trailer flipped over near the Rt. 390 exit around 11:25 a.m.
Witnesses told Monroe County Sheriff's deputies that the trailer of the truck was suddenly pushed sideways by the extreme wind while passing over the Thruway bridge.
The driver had minor injuries, but was alert and talking after he was helped out of his truck by passing drivers. He was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital to be evaluated.
Deputies said drugs, alcohol and driver error have been ruled out in the crash.
The left hand lane on Rt. 390 North remains closed while the investigation and cleanup are underway.
Meanwhile in Darien, Genesee County, two tractor trailers were blown over by wind gusts within 20 minutes of one another on Route 77.
The first rig was driving south near Darien Lake Amusement Park; no one was injured.
The second rig was driving on Route 77 near Macgregor Road when it flipped over. The driver of that rig is being checked for injuries.
Shortly before 2 p.m., a tractor trailer driving down West Henrietta Road in Henrietta tipped over. Monroe County Sheriff's deputies said this is likely due to high winds.
While flipping over, the rig hit a utility pole. This may have caused power outages in the area.
West Henrietta Road is temporarily shut down between Rush Henrietta Townline Road and Martin Road.
The driver was the only person in the rig and was not injured.
Around 2:40 p.m., another tractor trailer was knocked over by high wind gusts on Rt. 390 South at the Rt. 590 interchange.
Rochester firefighters went through the back window of the rig to check on the driver. Firefighters cut the glass to the front window to get the driver out, which took approximately ten minutes.
The driver was taken to the hospital and did not appear to have life-threatening injuries, according to Rochester firefighters. No one else was injured.
Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo declared a state of emergency due to the high winds at approximately 3:30 p.m. This put an immediate ban in effect for all tractor trailers and "high-profile vehicles" traveling on roads in Monroe County.