Tragic Accident on I-90 Claims Life of NY State Thruway Worker

A tractor-trailer struck and killed a 62-year-old New York State Thruway Authority worker and critically injured another on Interstate 90 in Chili, New York. The accident, which occurred in a work zone, remains under investigation to determine the exact cause.

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Tragic Accident on I-90 Claims Life of NY State Thruway Worker

Tragic Accident on I-90 Claims Life of NY State Thruway Worker

A devastating accident on Interstate 90 in Chili, New York, on Thursday, May 9, 2024, has resulted in the death of one New York State Thruway Authority worker and left another critically injured. The hit, killed, another, seriously, job, new, deadly, incident occurred just before 12:30 p.m. when a tractor-trailer traveling east struck the two workers in a work zone.

Why this matters: This tragicdeath, highlights, importance, responsible, drivin incident highlights the dangers faced by highway workers on a daily basis and underscores the importance of road safety measures to prevent such accidents. It also serves as a reminder of the need for drivers to be more vigilant and attentive on the roads to prevent such tragedies.

The victims have been identified as 62-year-old Vincent J. Giammarva of Leroy, who was killed at the scene, and 58-year-old Mark Vara of Scottsville, who remains in critical condition at Strong Memorial Hospital. According to New York State Police Trooper Lynnea Crane, no charges have been filed, and impairment has been ruled out as a cause of the crash. The incident remains under investigation to determine the exact cause of the accident.

The hit, killed, another, seriously, job, new, deadly, accident led to the shutdown of eastbound lanes on the Thruway from Exit 47 in LeRoy to Exit 46 in Henrietta, with traffic being diverted at Exit 47. The closure caused significant delays for motorists in the area.

Experts in the field have expressed their concerns about the dangers faced by highway workers on a daily basis. Kevin Fortner, Associate Manager with AAA Western and Central New York, stated, "I've been in the trenches, so to speak, on the shoulders of the highway... Close quarters, high speeds, you've got a lot of traffic moving quickly by you."

Karen Hoak, Deputy Commissioner of Highways for Erie County, emphasized the importance of training and situational awareness in keeping workers safe. "We do specific training for work zone safety, and flagging... There's a lot of different components that go into situational awareness to keep them safe," she said.

According to WorkZoneSafety.Org, 891 people, including 94 highway workers, died in work zone accidents in 2022. New York's Slow Down Move Over Law has been expanded to include all disabled vehicles, aiming to improve road safety.

Elizabeth Carey, Director of Public Relations for AAA Western and Central New York, attributed such accidents to distracted driving, article stating, "It's people not paying attention behind the wheel... We try and remind all drivers to pay attention, put their phones down, and make sure you are focusing on the task of driving."

This tragic incident serves as a stark reminder of the importance of roadside and work zone safety. Kevin Fortner's plea resonates:"Put the phone down, slow down, move over, and give us a little bit of room to work... We want to be able to go home to our family at the end of our shift."