A 21-year veteran state Department of Transportation worker has died after being struck by a moving car near Exit 29 on Route 8 in Waterbury just past the Naugatuck town line.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman released the following statement regarding the death of Daniel Dinardi, the 41-year-old DOT general supervisor who was killed:
“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.”
The Governor and Lt. Governor remain in close contact with Commissioner James Redeker, Department of Transportation, and will assist the Department with any needs, according to the news release.
Lt. J. Paul Vance, state police spokesman, said the incident occurred around 2:45 p.m. in the area just north of Exit 29 in Waterbury.
Vance said there are few details beyond that, and that the state police are currently responding to the scene.
As of 5:40 p.m., the northbound side of the highway is closed off and traffic is being diverted off of Exit 29 in Naugatuck.
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