03 March 2023

  Major Vincent T. Lightcap
  Troop D Commander



On March 3, 2023, at 11:40 a.m., State Police in Herkimer responded to Marcy Excavation Services, 5835 State Route 5 in the town of Herkimer for a reported male pinned underneath a truck.

When troopers arrived, they discovered that 58-year-old Travis C. Ernst from Lee Center, NY was pinned underneath a traffic attenuator that was attached to the back of a truck. Mr. Ernst, a mechanic at the company, was working on the attenuator when it fell on top of him.  Personnel on the scene were able to free him and contact 911.

Mr. Ernst was pronounced deceased at the scene by medical personnel from MOVAC and Herkimer Fire Department.

The scene was consistent with an industrial accident and no signs of foul play.

The investigation is continuing.


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