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One Dead, Two Injured in Construction Accident on Long Island

One construction worker was killed and another injured after getting caught in wiring that was stuck underneath a pickup truck at a job site on Long Island.

According to authorities, a team of construction workers had set up cable guide wiring on the road on North Bicycle Path near Port Jefferson Station at about 1:30 p.m. on a late summer Friday afternoon. The idea was that they would hoist the cable into its proper position over the street.

However, before the construction process began, a 2016 Chevy pickup drove through the area and over the wire, resulting in the wire getting caught in the truck’s undercarriage. While the cable was pulled through the area, the slack ran out and resulted in the truck overturning, resulting in all three of the workers in the area being tangled up and dragged along as the vehicle continued to move.

A 22-year-old man from Maspeth was rushed to John T. Maher hospital to be treated, but succumbed to his injuries. The other two, 50-year-old and 23-year old men, were taken to Stony Brook University Hospital, where they were also treated. The 23-year-old’s injuries were minor, but the 50-year-old was listed as being in stable condition.

The truck driver was uninjured in the accident.

Safety is a necessity at construction sites

Road construction is an inherently dangerous type of work. Not only can the work itself be hazardous, but the workers in the area also have to be on the lookout for other vehicles passing through the area and not abiding by the safety guidelines and signs set up to warn them of the work zone.

If you have been injured while working at a construction site, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer at Jakubowski, Robertson, Maffei, Goldsmith & Tartaglia LLP to learn more about the next steps you should take.