NY worker killed, another injured when struck by tractor-trailer on I-90

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A highway worker was killed another injured Thursday, May 9 when they were struck by a tractor-trailer on the New York State Thruway.

The New York State Police said in a statement the collision occurred at about 12:26 p.m. in the town of Chili southwest of Rochester.. 

A preliminary investigation by the troopers revealed a tractor-trailer operated by Thomas J. Lis, age 64, of Central Square, New York, 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 dead at the scene. The other, a 58-year-old male was transported to Strong Memorial Hospital by Chili-Henrietta-Scottsville Ambulance.

Thruway Authority Executive Director Frank Hoare said in a statement Thursday:

"Earlier today, one of our dedicated Thruway Authority colleagues lost his life when he was struck by a tractor-trailer while setting up a work zone on I-90 near Henrietta. Another colleague was also hit and sustained serious injuries.

"Our Maintenance employees embody the heart and soul of this organization. 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."

This investigation is ongoing, and no charges have been filed, according to the troopers.