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City of Buffalo employee killed during snow removal operation in South Buffalo


BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) — Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown announced that a city worker was attacked and killed during a snow removal operation in South Buffalo on Wednesday.

Buffalo police said the incident happened on McKinley Parkway around 11:15 a.m. Wednesday.

According to Mayor Brown, the employee is an experienced member of the city and family team with decades of experience.

“We’re heartbroken, we’re heartbroken at this loss,” Brown said.

The mayor went on to say that staff will not be identified today because notices are still being sent to family members.

“Our hearts, thoughts, and prayers go out to the family members of our deceased colleague,” Brown said.

According to BPD Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia, it appeared that a large lorry had dumped snow on a dump truck and killed the employee while reversing. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to Mayor Brown, the vehicle that struck the employee was a third-party contractor’s vehicle retained by the city to assist in snow removal.

The city is suspending snow removal operations for 48 hours as of 5 p.m. Wednesday.

“We know that the workforce is grieving right now,” Brown said.

An investigation into the incident is underway.

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