MALTA – A state DOT worker from Ballston Spa was struck and seriously hurt while on foot in Tuesday’s Malta Northway work zone crash that also injured two others state, police said Wednesday.
Alexander Marin, 56, of Ballston Spa, was taken to Albany Medical Center with injuries described by state police as serious. He remained in critical condition Wednesday, troopers said.
The second worker, identified as Aaron T. Gagliardi, 33, of Troy, was injured while inside a DOT truck and was taken to Albany Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries, state police said. A third person involved suffered minor injuries, troopers said.
The crash happened just after 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in the northbound work zone, just south of Exit 12, state police said.
The preliminary investigation showed that driver Sherburne Hill III, 84, of Latham, was traveling through the work zone when he collided with another northbound vehicle. Hill is then believed to have over-corrected and struck Marin, troopers said.
Hill then also struck a DOT attenuator truck, often called a crash cushion truck, occupied by David J. Curry, 49, of Clifton Park, and a DOT pickup truck occupied by Gagliardi.
Hill was transported to Albany Medical Center with minor injuries.
No criminal charges had been lodged in the incident as of Wednesday, troopers said.
The crash remained under investigation.
The crash came on the same day – and hours after – state police conducted a safe driving initiative called Operation Hardhat in that same work zone, officials have said.
The state police even posted a photo to Facebook early afternoon Tuesday of the morning operation, along with a photo of a state trooper disguised in a DOT pickup truck with a radar gun.