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City of Buffalo employee killed during snow removal operation in South Buffalo

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Posted at 1:05 PM, Nov 23, 2022
and last updated 2022-11-28 23:08:03-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — On Wednesday, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown announced a city employee was struck and killed during a snow removal operation on McKinley Parkway in South Buffalo.

The employee was identified Saturday afternoon as 67-year-old Michael L. Muscarella.

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According to Mayor Brown, Muscarella was an experienced member of the city team and family with decades on the job.

"We are heartbroken, we are in pain right now having suffered this loss," Brown said. "Our hearts, our thoughts, our prayers go out to the family members of our lost coworker."

According to BPD Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia, it appears a high loader truck was dumping a load of snow in a dump truck and fatally struck Muscarella while in reverse around 11:15 a.m. Wednesday. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to Mayor Brown, the vehicle that struck Muscarella was a third-party contractor vehicle that was retained by the city to assist with snow removal.

The investigation into the incident is ongoing.