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UPDATE (6/16/22 3:30 p.m.) — State police say the right lane re-opened at 3:25 p.m. and traffic resumes as normal.


Update (June 16 at 9:33 a.m.) — State police say that as of 9:20 a.m., the right lane still remains closed for guardrail repairs.

State Troopers, Cortland County Sheriffs, Cortland City Police, Department of Environmental Conservation, State Fire, Spill Response, County HazMat, Cortland City Fire, Cortlandville Fire and Department of Transportation all responded to the scene on Wednesday night.

The police shared that the tractor trailer was carrying cooking oil and pesticides — not herbicides, as previously reported.

State police also shared that the driver was identified as 47-year-old Alexandr Gorski, from Philadelphia. Gorski was charged with Driving While Intoxicated and was issued appearance tickets to the Cortland City Court for July 25, 2022. Police say that he was released to a sober third party.


Update (June 16 at 7:32 a.m.) — The New York State Police share that the left lane on I-81 north has reopened while the right lane is still closed. Drivers should also proceed with caution.


MCGRAW, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — A tractor trailer driver is facing DWI charges after rolling his rig along I-81N in Cortland County.

State Police tell NewsChannel 9 the crash happened just after 7:00pm Wednesday between exits 10 (McGraw) and 11 (Cortland).

Agencies say the truck was carrying totes of cooking oil and drums of herbicide. Some of the herbicide leaked into the Tioughnioga River. Sand was used to prevent more from getting into the river.

As of 9:20 p.m., the northbound lanes between exits 11 and 12 are shutdown. DEC spill response is on scene, Cortland Sheriff’s Deputies, Cortland City Police, State Fire and numerous fire agencies are on scene.

The investigation is on going.