Amherst Highway Dept. workers injured in accident

Oct 1, 2012

A collision between a tractor trailer and a highway department truck in the Town of Amherst this morning sent two men to this hospital with serious injuries. 

Forty-six-year-old Scott Charleson and 52-year-old Paul Mordaunt, who are employed by the Amherst Highway Department, were elevated 20 feet in the air removing a street banner at Main and Mill streets around 9:45 a.m. when the top of the tractor trailer made contact with their boom truck. 

Amherst Police Captain Patrick McKenna says the collision caused both men to be thrown onto the pavement violently.

"The contact broke part of the boom and caused the two workers to be ejected out of there and down onto the ground," McKenna told WBFO and AM 970.

Both men are at the Erie County Medical Center undergoing surgery for numerous broken bones, including hip, pelvis, wrist, and vertebrae.

The driver of the tractor trailer was not injured.  The accident closed Main Street in the town for several hours.  An investigation into the incident is underway.