STAFF REPORT

ROOT — A Connecticut man died Wednesday afternoon after his tractor trailer traveled off the Thruway and crashed into trees, according to police reports.

New York State Police responded at approximately 4:26 p.m. Wednesday to a reported tractor trailer personal injury accident on I-90 eastbound in the Town of Root. An investigation revealed 48-year-old James T. Bennett, of Bridgeport, Conn., drove off the south shoulder of the roadway for unknown reasons, striking multiple trees before his tractor trailer stopped, according to police.

State Police said Bennett was pronounced dead at the scene. There were reportedly no other vehicles involved in the incident.

An investigation is ongoing into the crash and anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact State Police at (518) 465-7377.