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Man who fell off truck in Amsterdam was hitching ride

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— Amsterdam police say a man who injured himself after clinging to the back of an 18-wheeler Wednesday evening was trying to hitch a ride.

Immediately after the incident, police had reason to believe the man had fallen off the back of the slow-moving tractor-trailer. But on Thursday, Detective Lt. Kurt Conroy said it appears the man actually jumped off the large vehicle as it was traveling at city speed limits through the intersection of East Main Street and Vrooman Avenue. The driver didn’t know he was there.

“He landed awkwardly and bumped his head,” he said. “He was transferred to Albany Medical Center last night, but we do not believe his injuries were life-threatening.”

Police declined to release his name, saying he has yet to be charged with anything. But they are considering charging him with a vehicle and traffic offense, Conroy said. The investigation continues.



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