The Spectrum Local News reported recently that, as a highlight of National Work Zone Awareness Week, a retired local thruway maintenance employee shared the story of a dangerous motor vehicle accident in July 2019 that he miraculously survived.
The New York State Thruway Authority hosted a press conference at the Grand Island, NY, Welcome Center on Monday, April 26, 2021 to promote National Work Zone Awareness Week that included several speakers. One speaker, a recently retired Thruway maintenance employee, shared the story of an incident in July of 2019 where he escaped death by the narrowest of margins.
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According to the employee, he’d been in his work truck when the dispatcher called in an incident regarding a possible deer accident, which caused him to jump off his truck into the roadway. Seconds after that call, a tractor-trailer hit his vehicle, completely destroying his truck. He stated that he would be dead if not for the coincidental timing of that call that prompted him to exit his vehicle, noting that two feet separated him from death.
The conference noted that in 2019, the year of that accident, 842 people were killed and 39,000 were injured in motor vehicle accidents that took place in work zones nationwide.