On May 4th, 2016 at about 4:19PM, the Tompkins County Sheriff's Office responded to the intersection of Auburn Road and East Lansing Road in the Town of Lansing for a property damage motor vehicle accident involving a commercial garbage truck and a commercial bus. Subsequent to an investigation, deputies learned that the bus was traveling north on Auburn Road and it began to make a right turn onto East Lansing Road. In doing so, the bus made a wide turn and crossed over the center lines. The garbage truck was also traveling north on Auburn but was behind the bus. The truck made an illegal pass over double solid lines in anticipation of the bus' right turn. Both vehicles collided, which caused a large diesel fuel tank to spill. The fuel spill was contained until the Department of Environmental Conservation directed a private contractor for clean up. Further action will be required in the near future by the contractor to ensure material has been properly and safely removed.
The 2006 Ford Bus was operated by ALBERT J LURCOCK (Age 55 of Ithaca), LURCOCK was issued a citation for an improper right turn. The 2015 Volvo Garbage Truck was operated by RANDY C POMICHTER (Age 43 of Poland, NY). POMICHTER was issued a citation for improper passing.
The Sheriff''s Office was assisted by the State Police, Department of Environmental Conservation, and the Lansing FIre Department. The investigation is ongoing and further charges are pending.