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Little wants temporary cell towers on I-87

State senator Betty Little has sent a letter to Governor Spitzer urging him to suspend environmental rules that restrict cell phone towers along the Northway. Todd Moe has more.  Go to full article

Bus accident blamed on tire leak, driver cleared

New York state police held a press conference yesterday to announce the findings of an investigation into last summer's fatal Greyhound bus crash on the Adirondack Northway. The crash left five people dead, including the driver. Dozens more were injured. Civil litigation filed by surviving passengers has accused the driver of talking on a cell phone or falling asleep before the bus careened out of control. But as Chris Knight reports, the police investigation faulted a tiny tire puncture.  Go to full article

Bus crash probe focuses on tire blow-out

State police have identified three of the five victims killed in a bush crash Monday night on the Northway. Greyhound driver Ronald Burgess, age 52, of Central Islip New York was found dead in the wreckage. Also killed were passengers Antonide Dorce, from Hempstead, New York, and 16-year-old Tambadou Souleymane from Montreal. Two other Canadians were declared dead at the scene. Their identities are being withheld while authorities notify next of kin. Brian Mann was in Plattsburgh yesterday for a press conference at state police headquarters. The investigation is focusing on an apparent blowout in a front tire.  Go to full article

Northway bus crash kills 5, injures dozens

A stretch of the Adirondack Northway, between Keene Valley and Elizabethtown, was closed this morning after last night's Greyhound bus crash that killed five people, including the driver, and left nearly three dozen others injured. Todd Moe spoke with Brian Mann about the crash. Greyhound info line: 800-972-4583  Go to full article

Race Track Brings Mixed Reaction

A group of investors based in Utica wants to build a race track and entertainment complex in Northern St. Lawrence County, just south of the Mohawk reservation. They say construction alone would create more than 4000 jobs. And once it's up and running, the track could generate millions of dollars in annual revenue for the county. Reaction in the community is mixed. Douglas Hopper went to the site and nearby towns to find out what people had to say.  Go to full article

Plans Underway to Upgrade Northway Cell Phone Coverage

The state has selected a contractor to reactivate emergency call boxes on a remote section of the Adirondack Northway. Wells Communications, with offices in Plattsburgh, Troy, Canton and Great Bend, was the successful bidder the project. The work is expected to begin as soon as the contracts are finalized. In the meantime, as Chris Knight reports, state lawmakers are still pushing ahead with plans to improve cell phone coverage on the highway.  Go to full article

Lawmakers Want Northway Phones Restored

A new plan was unveiled yesterday to restore emergency communications to a remote section of the Adirondack Northway by this winter. The measures, announced by Senator Betty Little, Assemblyman Chris Ortloff and Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward, are designed to make the interstate safer for motorists in the short and long term. As Chris Knight reports, the Adirondack Park Agency will be reviewing the proposals.  Go to full article

Essex County Deputy Dies in Northway Traffic Accident

An Essex County sheriff's deputy was killed early Wednesday morning. A tractor-trailer struck Eric Loiselle while he conducted a routine traffic stop on the Adirondack Northway. As Chris Knight reports, state police believe driver fatigue is a factor in the accident.  Go to full article

A Main Street View of an Interstate Detour

Martha Foley talks with Phil McLaughlin, owner of The Coffee Room in Warrensburg, about how traffic is moving in the village. Warrensburg is one end of the Adirondack Northway detour caused by a mudslide earlier this week.  Go to full article

Trucker Won?t Face Criminal Charges after Deadly Checkpoint Crash

A Canadian truck driver won't face criminal charges following a crash last September on the Northway that killed four people. The fiery accident took place at a controversial U-S Border Patrol checkpoint on I-87. As Brian Mann reports, an Essex county grand jury voted not to indict Jean Marc Petitclerc.  Go to full article

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