Thruway Accident Kills Rockland Based Scientist

An accident on the New York State Thruway at exit 16 in Orange County led to the death of a 53- year old New jersey man who worked at Lamont- Doherty Earth Observatory in Rockland. Mark Becker worked as a scientist at the Columbia University Observatory Program known as the Center for International Earth Science Information Network studying human impact on the environment by mapping environmental trends for various public health programs. According to the New York State Thruway Authority, the accident occurred in the Northbound lanes near Woodbury at 10:46 on Wednesday morning, involved a thruway plow truck, and resulted in six other individuals suffering non-life threatening injuries. Police have stated that they are further investigating.

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