Man falls off bridge avoiding traffic, struck after climbing back up

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A man attempting to avoid traffic on the Patroon Island Bridge fell or slipped off the bridge only to be struck by a tractor trailer after climbing back up.

The westbound lanes of I-90 were closed Tuesday morning after the incident. Albany Fire Chief Warren Abriel said it all began when a man’s car struck a guardrail on the bridge and he got out of his car.

State Police said around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Daniel Granger, 32, blew a tire and collided with the guardrail. When he got out of the car to look at the damage, he somehow managed to slip off the highway and fell 50 feet and landed in a snowbank.

Authorities said a construction worker saw Granger fall and called for help. In the meantime, Granger got up and started walking back up the hill. He returned to I-90 but was struck by a tractor trailer moving at about 25 m.p.h.

Granger was treated at the scene and taken to Albany Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries, according to authorities. Abriel believes the snow may have broken his fall, and that he may have sustained worse injuries otherwise.

“It was lucky that the truck was going so slow,” he said. “You know, it was probably lucky that there was such a great deal of snow down there that gave him kind of a cushion to land on. Because the construction worker said it was probably a good 50 feet that he fell. And to fall and then get back up and start climbing back up the hill – that’s – he does seem to have a little bit of luck on his side.”

Officials closed the westbound lanes of I-90 and diverted all traffic to 787 for approximately three hours during the investigation into the incident. All westbound lanes were reopened at 2:30 p.m.

The Albany Fire Department responded to the accident. State Police are handling the investigation but couldn’t be reached for comment.

Authorities said Granger suffered several broken bones and possible internal injuries, but he is in stable condition.

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