Fatal road construction accident in December

Just because there is holiday music in the stores and snow can be in the forecast, does not mean that you won’t encounter construction workers, maintenance teams, or other PennDOT personnel on the highways of Pennsylvania. With the tremendous amount of work that needs to be done on the roads and bridges throughout the state, ongoing construction projects and maintenance work can be found all year long.

Sadly, an accident last week left a construction work dead, after a SUV struck him in a construction work zone. A new bridge is under construction across the Schuylkill River, and the man was struck while placing warning cones for a lane closure on Route 422.

Local police were investigating the cause of the crash, which cost the man his life. His grieving family will have its holiday marred by his loss, as they attempt to deal with the aftermath of his death. Maybe they will file a wrongful death lawsuit and recover some compensation from the responsible driver.

No matter the outcome, one man died senselessly because someone failed to pay attention to the road and the active construction zone. Ironically, the same day, PennDOT and the Pennsylvania State Police warned drivers to “Steer Clear” of police and other emergency responders as they work accident scenes.

All of these sites place workers at risk, with vehicles often zooming past at high speed. The PennDOT campaign will use highway signs to alert drivers of the need to move over to another lane to prove an extra zone of safety for those workers. If you cannot move over due to traffic or road conditions, you need to slow down and remain alert as you pass the scene.

Timesherald.com, “Construction worker killed in late night crash on Route 422 near North Coventry,” Marian Dennis, December 4, 2014

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