TOWN OF NEWBURGH – The New York State Thruway was closed for about 12 hours Monday after two tractor trailers collided and a trailer from one landed on the cab and trailer of the other.

State police said the crash happened shortly before 4 p.m. Monday at mile marker 63.3, about three miles from the Newburgh exit.

According to an initial investigation by state police, a tandem tractor trailer hauling recycled aluminum cans was going south in the right-hand lane when the driver, Charles L. Irish, 55, of Greenwich, slowed down as he approached an active construction zone where there had been an unrelated motor vehicle crash.

A second tractor trailer, driven by Daniel Brodeur, 44, of La Patrie, Quebec, rear-ended the tandem tractor trailer at a high rate of speed, police said. The impact lifted the rear tandem trailer off the road. It landed on the cab and trailer of the second tractor trailer.

Irish was treated at the scene and released. Brodeur was trapped in the cab and had to be extricated by members of the Cronomer Valley Fire Department. He was flown to Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla with serious injuries.

The highway was closed for about 12 hours while police investigated the scene, and the two tractor trailers, their cargo and a diesel fuel spill were cleaned up. Police did not say what the second tractor trailer was carrying.