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Gouverneur man killed while working as flagman


PAMELIA — A 24-year-old flagman was killed shortly after 6 a.m. Thursday when struck by a vehicle on Route 12, at the entrance to Murrock Circle, southeast of Route 342 in the town of Pamelia.

The victim was identified by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department as Travis E. Fuller, Gouverneur. He was transported to Samaritan Medical Center, Watertown, where he was pronounced dead. An autopsy will be conducted by Dr. Samuel A. Livingstone, Jefferson County medical examiner.

The sheriff’s department was joined in the investigation by personnel from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

A 911 call was received by county emergency dispatch at 6:09 a.m. Route 12 was closed between Route 342 and Teal Drive for about three hours.

The victim was an employee of Jefferson Concrete, according to Jefferson County Sheriff John P. Burns. He was standing to the north of a truck which was pulling out of Murrock Circle, moving a concrete object, and was attempting to stop southbound traffic, the sheriff said.

A southbound motorist, Robert Kelsey, 76, LaFargeville, failed to see the flagman and struck him, Sheriff Burns said.

There were no advance warning signs about a traffic obstruction ahead, he said.

Mark Thompson, vice president at Jefferson Concrete Corp., located on Murrock Circle, said the truck was transporting a portion of bridgework for a construction project in Franklin County. He was unavailable for more information as he said he was being interviewed by detectives.

State police assisted at the accident scene.

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