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6 workers killed in North Country crash were supporting families in Mexico, company exec says 1/31/2023 Elizabeth Doran,

The Mexican workers killed in a North Country crash Saturday were hard workers who sent money home to support their families, the owner of the company that employed them said today.

Jim Begley — who runs LBFNY, a solar farm construction company in Weedsport — said the six men had worked for him for at least six months. They were supporting their families in Mexico, he said.

The 15 workers on the bus were working on the solar installation in Madrid, but had worked for him at other sites throughout the Northeast, Begley told

At about 6 a.m. Saturday, 15 workers were heading to work in a medium-sized bus operated by LBFNY on state Route 37 in Louisville. The driver of the box truck traveling in the opposite direction crossed the center line and hit the bus, National Transportation Safety Board member Tom Chapman told reporters Monday.

New York State Police have released few details on the crash and are withholding the name of the truck driver who authorities say crossed the center line.

Begley said the bus was driven by one of his workers, who wasn’t injured.

Begley is working with the Rev. Frank Lioi, pastor of St. Joseph’s Church in Weedsport, on a memorial service at 2 p.m. Wednesday. Lioi said a Spanish-speaking priest will help celebrate the prayer service, where about 70 LBFNY workers and others are expected. Begley also plans a reception in the church after the service.

Begley said that while the tragedy is sad for him, “it’s a much bigger tragedy for their families in Mexico,’' he said.

He said he’s been in contact with all the families. He said he has made arrangements the workers’ bodies to be returned to Mexico for burial.

The six are:

  • Alejandro Vazquez Valdez, 45, Puebla, Mexico.
  • Jesus Martinez Parra, 44, Puebla.
  • Pedro Pablo Galicia Ignacio, 29, Puebla.
  • Abel de Jesus Lopez Lopez, 39, Chiapas.
  • Jonatan Hernadez Gomez, 25, Chiapas.
  • Jose de Jesus Aguirre Tronco, 35, of Vigencia.

Begley said his workers are all legal immigrants. He said one worker remains in critical condition, and the other two who were injured in the crash had minor injuries and have been released.

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