A New York City Police Department traffic agent has been struck and killed by a truck in Midtown.
It happened on East 44th Street near Fifth Avenue at around 2:30 p.m. Saturday.
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly confirmed that the agent was struck and killed.
Kelly said that a white truck was involved in the crash.
"It's gut-wrenching. Has to be," Kelly said. "These people don't make a lot of money, but they're out there in the middle of some heavy traffic, worst possible weather, day and night. So it's a dangerous job, but unfortunately, things like this can sometimes happen."
Antonio Trinidad, a witness at the scene, said that the crash appeared to be an accident.
"I saw the gentleman in front of the truck, this white truck you see down the block here, the vacuum truck. He was directly in front of the right headlight," Trinidad said. "He got clipped by the truck. It knocked him over and rolled him up into the tire, and after that, you saw him lifeless."
Kelly said that the incident remains under investigation.