NYSP: Verizon flagman struck and killed in work zone crash in village of Theresa

THERESA, NY —  State police are investigating a fatal truck/pedestrian crash that occurred on Oct. 13 near 411 Main Street in the village of Theresa, Jefferson County.

A 2010 Chevrolet pickup truck, operated by John Vantassel, 84, Philadelphia, NY, was traveling east on Main Street when he failed to notice a flagman in a work zone holding a portable stop sign, troopers said.

Vantassel subsequently struck the worker, causing him to be dragged underneath the vehicle, troopers said.

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.


NYSP News Release Oct. 13, 2020