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Thruway worker dies in fatal workplace accident when hit by SUV

Workers who take care of New York roads put their lives on the line every day. A fatal workplace accident recently claimed the life of a 58-year-old Little Falls man who was a Thruway employee. The deceased man was an operator of heavy construction equipment and had been in the Thruway Authority's service for more than 20 years.

The accident is still under investigation, but a preliminary report indicates that a Thruway maintenance truck, two tow trucks and several workers were clearing up the scene of an accident shortly after 8 a.m. on a recent Friday. The emergency and maintenance vehicles were on the shoulder while the workers moved the wrecked vehicle from the roadway. Authorities say this was not far from the Little Falls exit from the eastbound lane of the Thruway.

An SUV driver failed to slow down when approaching the crash scene and smashed into one tow truck before striking the maintenance worker. The impact reportedly caused the employee's death. The SUV driver and the passenger suffered minor injuries. None of the other workers was injured.

The wife and two daughters of the fatal workplace accident victim may pursue financial relief to cover the unanticipated costs related to end-of-life arrangements. They can file death benefits claims with the New York workers' compensation insurance program. The benefits may include a wage-replacement package to assist the dependents with day-to-day expenses for a predetermined period after the tragedy. However, they may want to consult with an experienced wrongful death attorney who can assess the circumstances of the accident and explain their right to pursue additional compensation by filing a third-party claim against the SUV driver in a civil court.

Source: twcnews.com, "Thruway Maintenance Worker Hit, Killed by Vehicle Near Little Falls Exit", Cara Thomas, Oct. 28, 2016

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