STAFFORD — One man is in critical condition at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester after four tractor-trailers were in a crash on the New York State Thruway eastbound, the New York State Police said this morning.

Troopers said that at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, they began investigating the crash, which happened near mile marker 383.7. Traffic was backed up at that location due to an unrelated accident investigation.

Troopers said Christopher M. Schultz, 61, of Derby, the driver of a 2016 Ryder Truck Rental tractor-trailer, failed to stop when approaching the stopped traffic and rear-ended a tractor-trailer in front of him. This pushed the second tractor-trailer into a third tractor trailer, which was then pushed into a forth tractor trailer.

Schultz suffered serious injuries and was flown to Strong by Mercy Flight. The other three drivers were not injured.

As a result of the crash, the fuel tank of the tractor trailer Schultz was driving ruptured, spilling approximately 15 gallons of fuel. The state Department of Environmental Conservation spill response responded to the scene to assist.

All eastbound lanes were blocked and traffic was diverted at Exit 48A (Pembroke) for several hours while troopers were assisted on scene by Troop T Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit (CVEU) and Troop A Collision Reconstruction Unit (CRU). The crash remains under investigation at this time.

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