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Fire fighter critically injured in Northway accident heads home


CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. - A fire fighter with the West Crescent Volunteer Fire Department who was struck by a tow truck at an accident scene in August has finally been released from the hospital.

The West Crescent fire chief says 66-year-old Allen Ayotte's condition gets better and better every day. He was released from the hospital Wednesday and will begin physical therapy right away, the fire chief tells NEWS10 ABC.

Ayotte was left in critical condition after being hit by a tow truck during a post-accident clean-up on the Northway exit ramp in Clifton Park.

Crews responded to a four-car accident on the off ramp of Exit 8 where a car hit the guard rail around the evening of August 13th.

Police say Ayotte was assisting with the accident scene, providing for scene safety through necessary traffic control, when he was accidently struck by the tow truck he was directing.

Chief Bill Bryans says Ayotte suffered serious injuries including broken bones and was immediately transferred to the hospital.

The community has come together to do everything they can to help his family, from pancake breakfasts to bumper stickers that read "Look Ahead, Look Behind, Be Aware, Everytime," to raise money for Ayotte's recovery and awareness.

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