Woman Hit, Seriously Injured by Snowplow Pickup Truck on Long Island: Police

A woman was hit and seriously injured by a plow pickup truck on Long Island Thursday evening, police say.

Blanche Pope, 53, was walking northbound on New Highway in North Amityville, between 41st and 42nd streets, just after 6:30 p.m. when she was hit, Suffolk police said.

The pickup truck had a plow attachment on but was not plowing at the time of the accident, according to police.

Pope was taken to Stony Brook University Hospital by police helicopter.

The driver of the truck, 58-year-old Alfonso Trotta, was not hurt. The truck was impounded for a safety check and the accident is under investigation. 

Suffolk bore the brunt of the snowstorm in the tri-state earlier this week, with Orient receiving the most snow, 30 inches. Residents are still digging out, and schools are still closed in some towns. 

Officials said Wednesday that snow has been removed from all county and state roads, but some side streets still need to be cleared. Huge snow piles are being moved to beaches and fields to help clear the roadways.

Suffolk County police reported two fatalities during the storm. One was a 17-year-old boy snow-tubing down a street with friends who crashed into a light pole and died. The other was an 83-year-old man with dementia who was found dead in his backyard.

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