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WORKER STRUCK BY CAR ON RAMP OF YOUNGMANN

A Syracuse-area worker picking up traffic cones on a Youngmann Highway exit ramp was struck and seriously injured by a hit-and-run vehicle this morning, Town of Tonawanda police said.

Scott Cunningham, 28, of Cazenovia was being treated for multiple injuries in the Erie County Medical Center emergency room late this morning. Police said his condition was guarded, but a spokeswoman said the hospital issues no condition report on anyone still in the emergency room.

Late this morning, Town of Tonawanda police were questioning a Grand Island woman, after they brought in a car from a Grand Island residence.

"We believe that she's the driver," Assistant Chief Robert J. Rowland said. "And we believe that it is the car involved in the accident."

The accident occurred shortly before 5:30 a.m., when Cunningham, an employee of a private contractor doing work for the Thruway Authority, was on the exit ramp from the westbound Youngmann to the northbound Niagara Thruway.

According to a preliminary investigation, Cunningham may have been on the shoulder of the road, when the vehicle went off the road, struck him and then knocked down a utility pole.

The heavily traveled ramp was closed through late morning.

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