According to LoHud.com, a Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory scientist was killed in a Thruway crash in Orange County on February 26.
Mark Becker, 53, of Hillsdale, N.J. was killed in the multi-vehicle accident that occurred at approximately 10:46 a.m., according to LoHud.com. The car accident took place in the northbound lanes, about four miles north of Exit 16 in Woodbury. Six other people suffered injuries in the crash.
Becker was a Columbia University scientist and part of a program that uses data and information technology to study how human activities influence the environment, according to LoHud.com.
Becker was also active in several environmental groups locally. He was co-director of the Bergen Save the Watershed Action Network and part of the Meadowlands Conservation Board of Trustees, according to LoHud.com.
Details of the accident were scarce, but NorthJersey.com reported that Becker might have been slowing down to avoid a snowplow on the road that was experiencing engine problems when a semi-trailer struck his vehicle from behind.
The six other people involved in the crash suffered non-life threatening injuries.
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