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Injured Thruway workers speak about work zone crash

May 20, 2019 07:36 PM

It was a nice day for a Thruway crew working on the Berkshire Spur in March, when suddenly, their lives changed because of an out-of-control tractor-trailer. 
 
The vehicles were smashed.  It's lucky that the workers survived. 

"All of a sudden we hear screeching tires and crashing," said employee Jay Case.  "Turn around and there's a tractor-trailer coming right at us."

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The workers got away just in time.  Case tackled his co-worker out of the way.

"I heard screeching tires, I turn up and I see the tractor-trailer breaking apart and barreling towards us and luckily we all just got out of the way," said employee Lukas Poucher.  "I thought my parents were going to be putting me in the ground that day."

The Thruway crew stood with members of the New York State Police and New York State DOT at the Guilderland rest area on Monday to talk about the importance of drivers slowing down and moving over.

This group really looks out for each other, but it can be nervewracking out there, especially after the crash. 

"You don't turn your back to traffic as much after something like that happens. It definitely wakes you up and makes you pay way more attention," said employee Timothy Blake.  

And they have a message for drivers.

"I understand that moving over isn't always an option, but slowing down is a big help and actually looking at us," said Case.  "I mean, we're right there.  You can't miss us. Slowing down, moving over, letting us all go home to our families at night is a big thing."
   
State police say this Memorial Day weekend, they'll be doing their usual traffic enforcement, paying particular attention to those who do not move over when it's safe to do so. 

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Kumi Tucker

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