Tractor-trailer crash downs power lines, closes roads in NW Rochester

A crash involving a tractor-trailer and one vehicle took down power lines at the intersection of Colfax Street and Lexington Avenue in Rochester Tuesday. The Rochester Fire Department was dispatched 1425 Lexington Ave. at 1:01 p.m. and was on scene four minutes later, according to firefighter Amon Hudson, spokesman for the Rochester Fire Department. Lexington Avenue was closed at Lee Road and Mt. Read Boulevard. “It appears that the tractor-trailer and the SUV collided causing the tractor-trailer to then hit the power lines,” Hudson said in a release. The power lines fell on the tractor-trailer and trapped the driver inside. The tractor-trailer started leaking diesel fuel in the roadway and firefighters needed to “apply suppression to the diesel fumes to get the first victim out of the SUV,” Hudson continued. Firefighters used foam suppression to the leaked diesel fuel and also on the tractor-trailer before Rochester Gas and Electric Corp. crews were able to turn off the power lines. With the power lines off, firefighters were able to get the driver out of the tractor-trailer, Hudson said. Both drivers were taken to Strong Memorial Hospital with injuries that didn’t appear life-threatening. Hudson said the incident was declared a Level 0 hazmat situation due to the amount of leaked diesel fuel. Hudson said the state Department of Environmental Conservation was handling the scene, and added that RG&E predicted the power would be back on in the area within five hours.

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