Mark Becker, scientist at Lamont-Doherty Observatory in Palisades, dies after multi-vehicle crash on New York State Thruway

Mark Becker, of Hillsdale, N.J., died Wednesday morning

Mark Becker, of Hillsdale, N.J., died Wednesday morning as a result of the crash. (February 27, 2014 6:15 PM)

Wednesday's multi-vehicle pileup on the New York Thruway in Woodbury resulted in the death of a scientist who worked at the Lamont-Doherty Observatory in Palisades.

Mark Becker, of Hillsdale, N.J., died Wednesday morning as a result of the crash. Police say the crash was set in motion when a state plow truck began smoking and another driver swerved out of the way.

Becker was on his way...

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