Verizon worker killed on job in Theresa identified

Verizon worker killed on job in Theresa identified
State police on the scene of a serious accident involving a pedestrian who was hit by a vehicle (Source: WWNY)

THERESA, N.Y. (WWNY) - Late Tuesday night the name of the Verizon flagman who was struck and killed by a vehicle in Theresa was released.

Emergency crews were called to Main Street in the village around 12:30 PM.

State police say 38 year old Alec Williamson was directing traffic through a work zone with a portable stop sign when he was hit by a pickup truck driven by 84 year old John Vantassel of Philadelphia and dragged underneath the vehicle.

Troopers say Vantassel failed to notice Williamson.

A neighbor said one lane had been shut down prior to the accident and that Verizon had been doing work there.

A helicopter was initially called to the accident scene, but was called off because of bad weather.

Williamson was taken to River Hospital where he died from his injuries.

Verizon released a statement late Tuesday afternoon:

“We were saddened to learn of the death of one of our employees. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”

State police say this is an ongoing investigation.

State police on the scene of a serious accident involving a pedestrian who was hit by a vehicle
State police on the scene of a serious accident involving a pedestrian who was hit by a vehicle (Source: WWNY)

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