Tractor trailer crash in Cortland causes traffic delays on I-81

A tractor trailer crash on Interstate 81 closed Exit 11 for more than 4 hours Tuesday morning. The accident damaged more than 400 feet of guide rail, supports, and asphalt roadway (Cortland County Sheriff's Office).

CORTLAND, N.Y. - A truck driver was ticketed following a tractor trailer crash on Interstate 81 in Cortland Tuesday morning.

At around 6:15 a.m., officers from the Cortland County Sheriff's Office responded to I-81 northbound at Exit 11.

Officers learned that 39-year-old Carlos Gil-Taveras, of New Jersey, was operating a 2017 Kenworth tractor trailer northbound on I-81 when he lost control of vehicle due to an unsafe speed and wet road conditions.

The tractor trailer jackknifed at the Exit 11 northbound off ramp, closing the exit for more than 4 hours, authorities said.

The accident damaged more than 400 feet of guide rail, supports, and asphalt roadway.

The truck was carrying a fuel tank, which was ruptured during the accident, contaminating the area. Crews from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation were called to clean up the area.

The Cortland Fire Department, Cortland City Police Department, TLC Ambulance, Rick & Rich Towing, NYS Department of Transportation and NYS Department of Environmental Conversation all responded to the scene to assist with the accident and cleanup efforts.

Gil-Taveras was not injured in the collision. He was ticketed for driving at an unsafe speed.