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Roadside Worker Struck and Killed on Thruway


A roadside worker was killed on the New York State Thruway Thursday.

A preliminary investigation revealed a tractor-trailer, operated by 64-year-old Thomas Lis, of Central Square,  was traveling eastbound when it struck two New York State Thruway Authority workers in a work zone.

One of the workers was a 62-year-old male who was pronounced deceased at the scene. The other, a 58-year-old male was transported to Strong Memorial Hospital by Chili-Henrietta-Scottsville Ambulance. He is listed in critical condition at this time.

This investigation is ongoing, and no charges have been filed.

“Our Maintenance employees embody the heart and soul of this organization,” said Thruway Authority Executive Director Frank Hoare, ESQ. “Roadside workers risk their lives every day to ensure the safety of all drivers on the road. The entire Thruway family is in mourning and our thoughts, prayers, and deepest sympathies go out to the families and friends of everyone involved.”

Governor Kathy Hochul released a statement on Thursday afternoon regarding the accident.

“Earlier today, a Thruway Authority maintenance worker lost his life while setting up a work zone on the I-90 in Henrietta. Another was injured in the same incident and remains in serious condition. We are heartbroken over this senseless death, praying for the recovery of the injured worker, and grateful to first responders who sprang into action to support their fellow public servants. This incident is a tragic reminder: responsible driving is a life-saving skill, and all New Yorkers should remain alert, slow down, and move over when approaching a work zone or stopped vehicle.”

New York State Police are investigating the crash.

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