A well-known Bergen County environmental activist was killed in a multi-car pile-up on the NYS Thruway that injured six other people Wednesday, NorthJersey.com reported.
According to the report, Mark Becker, 53, of Hillsdale was a Lamont-Doherty Observatory earth scientist and co-director of the environmental group Bergen SWAN (Save the Watershed Action Network).
He was traveling to his adjunct professor job at Bard College Wednesday afternoon when the crash occurred near the Woodbury tolls at Exit 16 on the Thruway, the report said.
According to the report, Becker and his companion Lori Charkey had just returned from a 3½-week research trip to Antarctica, where they had worked with Chinese scientists investigating global warming.
The multi-car accident closed lanes and snarled traffic for hours along the NYS Thruway, New City Patch reported. The other six people sustained injuries that were not life-threatening, the report said.