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Trucker cited for speed after incident at New York Port of Entry

A Canadian truck driver was cited for unsafe speed after his tractor-trailer struck a building at the Wellesley Island Port of Entry in New York on Sunday, February 18, amid snowy conditions.

What happened: At around 9 a.m., Maxime Taillefer, 34, hit several barriers and a fire hydrant before colliding with the Port of Entry inspection building reported WWNYTV. The building's door was ripped off, but no one was inside at the time. A passenger in the semi suffered minor injuries.

  • The tractor-trailer, which was transporting snowmobiles, sustained heavy front-end damage.
  • Taillefer was ticketed for "speed not reasonable and prudent" and for "moving from lane unsafely," as per state police.
  • The Wellesley Island Fire Department responded, managing fuel and brake fluid leaks from the wreck.

Deep dive: According to Wellesley Island's First Assistant Chief Dan Lort, the accident occurred during a heavy snowfall, highlighting how quickly weather conditions can impact road safety.

Be smart: Despite the crash and the ensuing property damage, the incident thankfully did not result in any serious injuries or fatalities.

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