The crash happened about 12:30 a.m. north of the New York-Pennsylvania line.
Briere was trying to pass a tractor-trailer on Interstate-81. He was "a little drowsy," according to New York State Police Sgt. Steven Barlow, and drifted into the other lane of traffic, swiping the tractor-trailer.
The 32-year-old's black Range Rover hit a guardrail. He and his son were both taken to the hospital, treated for minor injuries and released. The truck driver was also treated and released.
The big rig swerved and jackknifed, tying up traffic for about five hours.
The Flyers forward released a statement Thursday afternoon:
"I was in a car accident in New York," said Briere. "I was driving home to visit family and friends back in Canada when I got into an accident [Wednesday] night. My youngest son (Cameron) and I are both OK. We are doing fine."
He added that he appreciated concerns about his well being.
Briere, a native of Quebec, came to the Flyers in 2007 after spending the first decade of his NHL career with Phoenix and Buffalo.
He was a beast during the Flyers’ Stanley Cup Playoffs run scoring 12 goals and adding 18 assists in 23 games.
Briere was ticketed for an unsafe lane change, police said.
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