Body seen laying in street as police investigate tractor trailer incident at Sycamore and Lathrop


BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Monday morning, Buffalo police responded to an incident involving a tractor trailer and a person.

The scene is at Lathrop and Sycamore streets. A body was seen laying in the street.

Officers say they got a call of an incident and when they arrived the tractor trailer driver said a man jumped on the steps on the cab while it was moving. Police say the man tried to climb into the space between the tractor and the trailer and fell.

Officers say he was ultimately run over.

Captain Jeff Rinaldo with Buffalo Police says it’s not clear if the victim was under the influence of anything.

“Some of the information we received was he was spotted acting strange for lack of a better word around the neighborhood that morning and that a couple of people had spotted him,” said Capt. Jeff Rinaldo.

It’s not clear if the man lived in the area. Rinaldo says they’re still working to identify him. Based on his clothes, police say he matched the description of the man neighbor’s described seeing around the area Monday morning.

Rinaldo says he believes the driver of the tractor trailer is from a local company. A worker from Del Monte, which is nearby, told us the driver works there.

News 4 reached out to them for a comment but haven’t hear back. Police say the driver is fully cooperating and has voluntarily submitted to blood alcohol testing.

Sycamore was blocked at Lathrop, but has since reopened.

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