I-787 crash survivor ticketed for unsafe driving

September 28, 2019 08:43 AM

The man inside a car crushed by a tractor-trailer on I-787 not only survived, but he shot video of rescuers actually working to free him from the trapped car.

"Firefighters trying to get me out," Jelani Reyes-Craig can be heard saying on the video.


Reyes-Craig was driving a 2006 Nissan 350Z on 787 Northbound when his car collided with a tractor trailer. The truck tipped on top of his car.

The crash happened just after 10 a.m. Thursday. Crews from Watervliet repsonded and were assisted by a rescue team from Troy.

"Two inches more to the left, the tractor trailer ended up landing on the guardrail the way it did, I think we're looking at a different situation. Luck honestly was on his side," said Lt. Jim Strock with the Watervliet Fire Department..

Lt. Strock says it took rescuers just 25 minutes to extricate Reyes-Craig from the car. During that time Strock climbed under the truck and stayed in constant contact with him.

"He was laughing, joking, never once lost consciousness. I mean, minor injuries," said Lt. Strock.

Reyes-Craig, was ticketed for traffic violations, including reckless driving.

The driver of the tractor-trailer, 33-year-old Christopher Bacon of Fort Edward, was not hurt.


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