State worker struck on Route 8 near Naugatuck

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Update: The state worker hit on Route 8 has died. The worker was identified as Daniel Dinardi, a Department of Transportation general supervisor. Governor Dannel P. Malloy and Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman released the following statement regarding the death of Dinardi:

“We are extremely saddened by the death of Dan Dinardi. Our sympathies and prayers are with his family and friends as they are grieving his loss, and with his colleagues who have been deeply shaken by this terrible event. Connecticut has workers who, in the course of performing their jobs, are at risk every day.  This tragedy reminds us to reflect on their efforts, and to recognize their dedication and commitment.  We must do everything we can to keep our workers safe. We are grateful for Mr. Dinardi’s 21 years of service to the Department of Transportation, and all that he has done to make this state a better place.”

Below is a story posted earlier today

WATERBURY — State police have closed a portion of Route 8 northbound through Waterbury after an “extremely serious” accident involving a state Department of Transportation worker.

State police spokesman Lt. J. Paul Vance would not comment on the condition of the worker, who was struck while outside of a vehicle near a bridge between Exits 29 and 30, close by the Naugatuck town line.

Vance said he expects the highway to remain closed between Exits 29 and 30 until about 6:15 p.m. as accident reconstruction crews work.

State police, Naugatuck police, Waterbury police and Waterbury firefighters responded to the accident. Waterbury Fire Chief David Martin said his workers attempted CPR. He could not confirm the condition of the stricken man, who was transported in an ambulance.

No further information was immediately available from state police.

State Department of Transportation spokesman Judd Everhart could not say what the worker was doing on the highway. There does not appear to be an active project in that immediate vicinity, he said.

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