NYSDOT worker struck and killed in a multi-car pileup while on duty at Queens freeway near Grand Central Parkway

A state contractor performing an inspection on a Queens (NYC) highway was fatally struck yesterday morning by a driver in a multi-car pileup.

A state contractor inspecting a Queens (NYC) freeway was fatally struck by a driver in a multi-car pileup yesterday. According to authorities, the victim was inspecting a wall and was inside a work zone on the eastbound side of the Grand Central Parkway near 34th Ave. in North Corona when an eastbound driver struck a vehicle around 10:15 a.m. Wednesday.

The driver of that struck vehicle lost control, swerved, and crashed into the construction area, running over the contractor.

The worker, employed by the state Department of Transportation (NYSDOT), was taken to New York-Presbyterian Hospital Queens, where he later died. His name was not released at the time.

No charges were immediately filed against the drivers involved in the accident. The one who hit the contractor was taken to the same hospital with minor injuries, the Daily News noted.

“This tragic incident underscores the dangers our highway workers face as they work to improve our infrastructure,” said Joe Morrissey, NYSDOT spokesman. Coincidentally, the state department was scheduled to honor 58 workers killed in the line of duty in Syracuse today, its official Twitter account reported.

This tragic incident underscores the dangers our highway workers face as they work to improve our infrastructure.”

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Joe Morrissey, state Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) spokesman

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