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Palmyra resident, Monroe Co. employee killed in tragic wreck involving tractor-trailer in Rochester

Two people were killed in a crash that involved a tractor-trailer, a car, and workers inside a sewer in Rochester on Friday.

The crash happened around 8:50 a.m. at Route 104 and Hudson Avenue. Traffic in the area was shut down.

James Hartman, public information officer for the Rochester Fire Department, said a tractor trailer was driving east on Rt. 104 when it went off of the highway near Hudson Avenue, went down an embankment and crashed into at least one light pole and one other vehicle.

Troopers believe the operator of the tractor-trailer, which was owned by Leonard’s Express, based out of Farmington – may have suffered a medical emergency.

They say the driver of the tractor-trailer was 58-year-old Tracy Premolar, of Palmyra. The worker on the street who died was identified as 30-year-old Jeffrey Farrell of Rochester, an employee of Monroe County.

Kenneth Johnson, CEO of Leonard’s Express in Farmington, released a statement Friday afternoon after the crash.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our own drivers today, and the life of another individual, in the multi-vehicle accident that occurred this morning.

We are a family at Leonard’s Express and our hearts are broken. Our thoughts and prayers go out to our colleague’s family and friends, and we share our sincerest condolences with all who are suffering this great loss including the friends and family of the other victim involved.

We are unable to provide any details as it relates to this unfortunate event as authorities are managing the ongoing investigation.”

Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo released a statement Friday regarding the death of Mr. Farrell:

“It is with a heavy heart that I confirm a member of our Monroe County team was lost while working on a jobsite earlier this morning. I have met with the bereaved family and shared our deepest condolences for their tragic loss. In this very difficult time, I ask everyone to join me in keeping the family, our dedicated county employees, and all those who were impacted by this tragic event in our thoughts and prayers.”

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