BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - Police said it was a tragic scene on the I-190 southbound in Buffalo. Just after 5:15 Tuesday morning, a deadly accident shut down that section of the Thruway.
"We had a stripping crew in the far right hand lane moving, then the a tanker truck was also heading south and swerved right hitting platform. A man was struck and killed," New York State Police Captain Michael Nigrelli said.
That victim was construction worker David Baldi, 27, from Hamburg. He died instantly. His co-worker Timothy Brown, 27, was also working on the back of the truck. Brown suffered minor injuries and was taken to the hospital.
The men were hit by a propane truck driven by Dale Hersh, 60, who was also treated with non-life threatening injuries.
"It's a major accident scene anytime you have something like this in the city of Buffalo. For safety reasons and to preserve the site we closed down the roadway. I know it's a major inconvenience but anyone would be understanding considering the circumstances," Nigrelli said.
Authorities said the construction company the men worked for, Accent Stripe Construction, was following all the safety protocol. They are still investigating why the propane truck was following so closely and how it hit the construction workers.
"They're a very experienced company. They've done a lot of work on the thruway. There was ample traffic control. They had signs on shoulder warning people. They also had a second truck what's called an aero truck operating southbound indicating to people to move to their left," Nigrelli said.
Police continue to interview witnesses, including co-workers of the victim, who experience the gruesome scene first hand.
"It's a traumatic scene coworkers saw it. They have grief councilors available for their company. We've done what we could as law enforcement but we still can't undo what happened," Nigrelli said.