Troopers identify Hudson Avenue crash victims

January 18, 2019 07:05 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) - Two people are dead following a crash Friday morning involving a tractor trailer in Rochester.

State police say a tractor trailer was heading east on Route 104 around 9 a.m. when it spun out of control, veering off the expressway and down the embankment. The Rochester Fire Department says the truck hit at least one light pole and crashed into two cars.


The truck then struck 30-year-old Jeffrey Farrell, a Monroe County employee who was working below ground in a sewer grate, killing him instantly. 

Fire officials say the truck driver, 58-year-old Tracy Premo of Palmyra, was pinned inside his vehicle. Firefighters had to use equipment to cut him out. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

“It is with a heavy heart that I confirm a member of our Monroe County team was lost while working on a job site earlier this morning," Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo said. "I have met with the bereaved family and shared our deepest condolences for their tragic loss. In this very difficult time, I ask everyone to join me in keeping the family, our dedicated county employees, and all those who were impacted by this tragic event in our thoughts and prayers.” 

Premo was an employee of Leonard's Express. CEO Kenneth Johnson released the following statement following the crash.

"We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our own drivers today, and the life of another individual, in the multi-vehicle accident that occurred this morning. We are a family at Leonard’s Express and our hearts are broken. Our thoughts and prayers go out to our colleague’s family and friends, and we share our sincerest condolences with all who are suffering this great loss including the friends and family of the other victim involved."

The passenger of the other car involved suffered non-life threatening injuries.

State police are continuing to investigate.


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