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Jose Payano Struck and Killed by a Semi-truck on the New York State Thruway in Orange County, Newburgh, NY

Newburgh, NY —  A man died when a Peterbilt tractor-trailer sideswiped a stationary Volvo bobtail tractor on the right shoulder of the roadway. The incident occurred Wednesday morning between Exit 17 near Newburgh and Exit 16 near Harriman.

According to reports, Jose L. Payano was outside the bobtail when the tractor-trailer struck him. The impact caused fatal injuries, and Payano was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The Peterbilt tractor-trailer rolled over upon impact, and the driver was transported to the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

No further details have been provided.

Thoughts on fatal truck accidents

What was this driver doing when he failed to see the deceased driver standing outside his truck? Was he speeding, distracted, or impaired? Most accidents happen because of inattentive drivers who don’t anticipate or react to their surroundings until it is too late. When these truckers drive negligently and cause serious harm or death to someone on the road, they need to be held accountable.

The deceased’s family deserves answers. Answers to why the tractor-trailer hit their loved one. Answers to whether the trucking company provided sufficient safety training to their drivers.

No one deserves to lose their lives in this manner. My hope is for the surviving family to receive the answers and justice they deserve.



The Ammons Law Firm represents clients nationwide in catastrophic injury and wrongful death litigation, with extensive experience in complex auto/tire defect and commercial vehicle cases.

Disclaimer: This post is not legal advice. Information contained in this blog was compiled from third-party sources or is the opinion of the author. Please inform us immediately if false or misleading information is contained in this post.


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