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Pedestrian Struck by Tree-Trimming Truck in Upstate NY

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A Syracuse man was struck by a tree-trimming truck in Onondaga, New York, on Oct. 24, Syracuse.com reported. The man, identified by Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Jon Seeber as Daniel Hughes, 35, was taken to Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse, where he was listed in critical condition. No tickets have been issued in the incident.

The accident was reported at 2:18 p.m., Seeber said. Hughes was lying unconscious on West Seneca Drive when deputies arrived, and he was rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery. In addition to the Onondaga Sheriff’s Department, the Onondaga Hill and Tauton fire departments responded to the incident. Seeber identified Matthew Flanagan, 39, as the driver of the truck at the time of the crash. Neither he nor his passenger, Matthew Flanagan Jr., 19, were injured in the collision. The men both work for the Apple Valley Tree Service Co. of Lafayette, New York. Deputes are continuing to investigate the accident.

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