MALTA — State police are investigating a two-vehicle crash on the Northway on Tuesday afternoon that injured two state Department of Transportation workers, with one in critical condition.
The accident occurred just after 1:30 p.m. on the northbound lane of the Northway just south of Exit 12. One DOT employee had serious injuries and one had minor injuries, according to police. They were both taken to Albany Medical Center. Also transported to the hospital was the driver of the passenger vehicle involved in the collision, who police said had minor injuries.
All northbound lanes were closed for a time in that area, but they reopened as of 5:30 p.m.
State police is investigating.
The accident happened in DOT work zone in the northbound lanes between Exit 11 and 12. This work zone was used that morning as part of the weeklong “Operation Hardhat” initiative to crack down on reckless driving in work zones. People are asked to slow down in work zones to keep themselves and DOT workers safe.
Last year, 1,770 tickets were issued by state police during "Operation Hardhat" activities, which is an increase of nearly 70% from 2019, according to a news release.