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According to Sheriff Jeffrey J. Murphy, the Sheriff’s Office responded to assist in a rescue call on State Route 149, Town of Kingsbury on Friday, November 4, 2016. The reported incident occurred with construction staff that was completing work on the bridge passing over the canal, in the area of Smith Basin- Lock 9.
Members of the construction crew had been completing work underneath the main bridge, when a cable is believed to have broken. Several employees fell into the water however one subject was located deceased. The deceased victim was identified as Rahssan Smith, age 41, of Albany.
The incident is still under investigation by Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Department of Transportation (DOT). The New York State Police Dive members and multiple other emergency service agencies assisted on scene.