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State Police identify driver in fiery Thruway crash

State Police have identified the driver who suffered serious injuries on the I-90 Thruway when his car struck a bridge support and burst into flames.
Updated at 9:05 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 10

Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – State Police have identified the driver who suffered serious injuries on the I-90 Thruway when his car struck a bridge support and burst into flames.

Police have not determined what caused 33-year-old Timothy Neild’s pickup truck to drift off the road and into a pillar supporting the I-481 bridge.

They said several “good Samaritans” stopped to pry the Wynanstkill man from the burning vehicle.

Local attorney and former Onondaga County Legislator Tom Buckel, Raymond Presley of North Syracuse, John Tiranato of Castleton, and Christopher Sewell of Connecticut were among the people police credited with remaining by Neild's side until rescue crews arrived.

Buckel wrote on his Facebook page:

“I was first on the scene. Several others promptly followed, including Syr attorney and all around good guy, Kevin Harrigan. It took five of us to pry open the door as flames engulfed the unconscious soldier in the drivers seat. 30 seconds after we got him out the truck exploded. Love Love Love the guys who stopped and helped save this dude. Humanity at its best. Prayers, please, for the victim, his family, for the member of his unit who also helped save his captain, and all the soldiers he leads. NYS thruway, rt 481 bridge.”

The crash occurred at 8:23 a.m.

The left lane of the Thruway was closed between exits 34A and 35 while crews dealt with the incident. It has since been re-opened.

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