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City worker killed during snow removal in Buffalo, NY

A city worker in Buffalo, New York, was fatally struck while helping remove record snowfall on Wednesday, officials said.

City workers had been working around the clock this week after the Buffalo area was hit by a storm that dumped more than 6 feet of snow in some areas, before tragedy struck.

The worker was fatally struck at 11:15 a.m. Wednesday in the McKinley Parkway area of ​​South Buffalo by a high-loader truck that dropped a load of snow into an oncoming dump truck, the Buffalo Police Commissioner said. , Joseph Gramaglia, during a press conference on Wednesday.

The employee has not been identified, pending notification from the family, but Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown described the victim as ‘a very experienced member of our city team, a very experienced member of our city family , with decades of work, hands-on experience in situations like this. ”

He said the city is “heartbroken” and an investigation is underway by the Buffalo Police Department’s Accident Investigation Unit into what exactly happened.

The mayor added that the driver who hit the victim “is in shock” and is cooperating with the investigation.

Brown said the vehicle involved in the crash was a third-party contractor the city retained to help with snow removal. Inspections of the vehicles involved will also be carried out by the police.

Brown noted that 180 pieces of heavy equipment were active Wednesday hauling snow out of South Buffalo and city workers were working long hours, many working little sleep to clear roads.

He announced a 48-hour suspension of snow removal operations starting Wednesday evening.

“We know there is huge grief in the workforce right now. We know people have been working 16 or 18 hour shifts, working very little sleep, so at 5 p.m. tonight we will suspend further moving operations for 48 hours,” Brown said.

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