Tractor-trailer spills 7,200 gallons of milk in New York interstate crash

Nearly 7,200 gallons of milk spilled onto a New York interstate highway Sunday when a tractor-trailer driver tried to avoid a vehicle on an exit ramp and flipped his vehicle, authorities said.

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According to a news release from the New York State Police, Adam T. Eaton, 38, of McGraw, was driving northbound on Interstate 81 in Oswego County on Sunday. Around 4 p.m., Eaton steered his 2019 Freightliner onto the exit ramp at Sandy Springs, the Syracuse Post-Standard reported.

According to troopers, Eaton saw a vehicle parked on the shoulder of the exit ramp and tried to steer around it, the newspaper reported.

"It appears he over-steered, causing him to lose control, strike a signpost and overturning," state police said in the release.

The overcompensation caused the truck to flip, spilling milk onto the highway and snarling traffic for several hours, according to The Citizen newspaper of Auburn.

Emergency crews had to cut Eaton out of the tractor-trailer before he could be taken to an area hospital, state police said in its release. The exit ramp was closed for six hours while crews cleaned up the spilled milk, the Post-Standard reported.

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