13 October 2020

  Major Darrin S. Pitkin
  Troop D Commander



State Police is investigating a fatal truck/pedestrian crash that occurred near 411 Main Street in the village of Theresa, Jefferson County.

A 2010 Chevrolet pickup truck, operated by John Vantassel, age 84 from Philadelphia, NY, was traveling east on Main Street when he failed to notice a flagman in a work zone holding a portable stop sign. Vantassel subsequently struck the worker, causing him to be dragged underneath the vehicle.

The flagman, identified as 38-year-old Alec R. Williamson, was transported to River Hospital, where he was pronounced deceased due to injuries he sustained from the crash.

The investigation is continuing.


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