“It is with profound sadness that I announce the passing of Thruway Maintenance worker Ronald C. Deming, a construction equipment heavy operator in our Syracuse Division," said Bill Finch, acting executive director for the New York State Thruway Authority.
Deming, 58, was killed in a crash on Interstate 90 east when he was struck by a vehicle while assisting in the recovery of a passenger car along the shoulder of the roadway. Police said Deming was slowing down traffic as a flatbed was removing a vehicle on the right side of the road that had been involved in a previous accident. An SUV came through the area and struck the worker, then struck the flatbed, sending the SUV into the air before landing on the left side median area. The accident happened around 8:15 a.m. Friday on Interstate 90 East in Danube between the Herkimer (Exit 30) and Little Falls (Exit 29A) exits.
"Ron worked for the Thruway Authority for more than two decades and he along with all of his Thruway maintenance colleagues embody the heart and soul of this organization. Day in and day out, our maintenance crews are on our roadway to ensure the safety of motorists and Ron’s death deeply touches us all. The entire Thruway family mourns his loss and will keep his wife Sally and his daughters Leah and Nicole in our thoughts and prayers during this tremendously difficult time,” said Finch.